Ohio Truck Driver Cited for Losing Control in Trailer Crash

As a truck accident attorney, I read about a lot of strange things, but this Ohio truck crash stands out. An Ohio truck driver was cited for failing to maintain control of his vehicle in a crash that killed about a dozen cows last week. The early-morning accident snarled eastbound Interstate 80 traffic for hours.

Ohio Truck Driver Cited for Losing Control in Trailer Crash

According to TribToday.com, big-rig driver Jimmy R. King told Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers that he was reaching to change the radio station while driving through Trumbull County. He was headed to a Pennsylvania slaughterhouse with about two dozen cows in his trailer, which is owned by Egbert Trucking of Botkins, Ohio.

King told police that the load shifted, and he lost control. The trailer dropped into the grass median and flipped onto its side, blocking both eastbound lanes.

Many types of loads require special care, especially shifting loads such as livestock and tanker trucks filled with milk. The FMCSA has a special new specific category called “Cargo-related” in its Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS).

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