Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: March 22 – March 29

Consider this: A truck accident in, for example, Ohio may be complicated if the victim is from Florida, the truck driver is from Kansas, the truck is owned by a California company, the trailer owned by a Missouri company and the driver was hauling a load from California to New York. I have handled numerous complicated truck accidents throughout the United States and I am knowledgeable in the specifics of trucking law. Please feel free to contact me at michael@leizerman.com or call me at 1-800-628-4500.

MonroeNews.com reports that a 2006 International box truck rear-ended a passenger van on I-75 near Sterns Road in Erie Township, Michigan, leaving four people in the van injured including three children. Michigan State Police report that the driver of the box truck may have fallen asleep while driving. He was cited for careless driving. A third vehicle struck the box truck following the initial crash and burst into flames, which spread to the box truck and required the efforts of two local fire departments to extinguish.

Mlive.com reports that a semi-truck lost control and slammed into a passenger vehicle on Wilson Avenue SW in Walker, Michigan, killing the driver of the passenger vehicle. Three other vehicles were involved in the truck wreck, which started when the semi-truck rear-ended a pickup, sending it into oncoming traffic. The driver of the pickup was treated for injuries at a local hospital and released. Local and Michigan State law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate this big rig crash.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a semi rear-ended a passenger vehicle on the southbound Dan Ryan Expressway near 63rd Street in Chicago, resulting in a multi-vehicle crash involving a second semi. The second semi caught fire after smashing into the first two vehicles involved in the crash. According to Illinois State Police officials, 4 people were hurt in the truck accident.

Appalachian New-Express reports that a gravel truck was going too fast for road conditions when it crashed into a school bus full of middle school children on U.S. 460 Near Millard, Kentucky. More than 30 children and the driver of the bus were taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries from the truck crash. Kentucky State Police officials indicate that in addition to traveling at excessive speed, the gravel truck may also have had brake issues that contributed to the crash.

WHNT.com reports that an 18-wheeler smashed into a state vehicle that was repairing potholes on Alabama State Highway 565 near Huntsville. The semi flipped onto its side after crashing into the state vehicle, unloading 40,000 pounds of paper onto the roadway. Police at the scene tested the truck driver’s alcohol level and arrested him when it was found to be above the legal limit. He was charged with DUI and Reckless Endangerment. Minor injuries were sustained in the truck accident.

The Denver Post reports that a semi jackknifed on I-80 near Wamsutter, Wyoming, setting off a chain of other accidents involving at least 20 vehicles and leaving one person dead and at least six others hospitalized. As many as 100 vehicles were wrecked or stranded on 1-80, unable to move past the accident site. Stormy conditions left roadways in the area slick and fogbound, and Wyoming Highway Patrol officials are investigating whether the driver of the truck was traveling too fast for those conditions.

The Baltimore Sun reports that a tractor-trailer drove into the path of a light rail train, causing the train to crash into the truck. The truck accident happened at the 10900 block of Gilroy Road in Cockeysville, Maryland. The driver of the train was being treated at the Maryland Shock and Trauma Center and was reported in serious but stable condition. The driver of a passenger vehicle which was traveling behind the tractor-trailer and was damaged in the crash was treated at the scene. Baltimore County police report that while their investigation of the wreck is ongoing, initial indications are that the tractor-trailer driver is at fault for the truck crash.

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