Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: January 26 – February 1

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Mlive.com reports that the driver of a tractor-semitrailer lost control of his vehicle while traveling on U.S. 131 near Zerbe Road in Constantine Township, Michigan, crossed the middle line, drove into opposing traffic and struck an oncoming pickup truck. Police reports indicate that the driver of the pickup was taken to Three Rivers Hospital where he was treated for his injuries from the truck crash.

WBIR.com reports that an 80-year-old Knoxville, Tennessee man died in an accident on Western Avenue in Knoxville when his vehicle slid under the bed of a tractor trailer carrying a full load of pipes. The jaws of life were used to extract the victim from the wreckage. The Knoxville Police Department is investigating the crash.

Highlands Today reports that a 74-year-old Avon Park, Florida man died when a semitrailer turned into his path on County Road 640, causing the man’s VW Bug to run under the truck’s trailer. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the truck crash.

OregonLive.com reports that the driver of a semi-trailer was cited for careless driving after he was traveling too fast to negotiate a turn on U.S. 101 near Gold Beach, Oregon, causing his rig to tip over and crash into a passenger car. Oregon State Police report that the driver was hauling a container full of garbage at the time of the crash. The injured motorist was treated at a local hospital for what appear to have been minor injuries.

BurlingtonFreePress.com reports that two people lost their lives in an accident on I-89 near Montpelier, Vermont when the driver of a milk tanker lost control of his vehicle, which then jackknifed and was struck by a passenger car and a second milk tanker. The victims were the driver of the second milk tanker and a passenger in the car. According to Vermont State Police, the truck driver who initiated the accident escaped with minor injuries.

Newstimes.com of Middlebury, Connecticut reports that the driver of a loaded propane tanker was cited for traveling too fast for conditions and driving with defective equipment after he crashed into a small truck on I-84 near Middlebury. Police report that the propane tanker, which was carrying 1,500 gallons of propane, had a damaged right rear wheel. One victim was treated for back injuries following the accident.

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