2010 Truck Accidents

2010 Truck Accidents in the News

Man Struck and Killed by Tractor Trailer in Wisconsin
December 31, 2010

A man standing outside of his vehicle on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin was struck and killed by a tractor trailer on Friday. According to authorities, a semi was trying to avoid crashed vehicles on the road when it hit the 30-year-old man. The semi was involved in a chain reaction crash that involved eight other vehicles. Seven people, including the tractor trailer driver, were injured. Officials are investigating the fatal truck crash.

Trailer Detaches from Truck, Causing a Deadly Multi Vehicle Crash
December 29, 2010

A man was killed on Wednesday after the detached trailer of a semi caused a four-vehicle wreck on Interstate 25 in southern Colorado. According to authorities, the driver of a U.S. Postal Service tractor trailer was killed when his truck was struck by a loaded flatbed trailer that had detached from another semi. The postal truck was traveling northbound on the highway north of Pueblo when the trailer separated from a southbound semi and crossed the grassy median. The runaway flatbed trailer slammed into the postal truck and also collided with two smaller vehicles. The collision sparked a 10-acre fire near the roadway. There were only minor injuries reported to the people inside the smaller vehicles. The driver of the postal tractor trailer was pronounced dead at the scene. There were two people inside the truck that lost the trailer. They were not hurt. It is not clear what caused the flatbed trailer to become detached. Authorities are investigating the fatal crash.

Mother and Daughter Crossing Street Killed by Tractor Trailer
December 27, 2010

Police are still looking for the driver of a tractor trailer that struck and killed two pedestrians in Bakersfield California. According to authorities, the tractor trailer hit a mother and daughter as they crossed the intersection of Panama Road and South Union Avenue on Monday evening. The tractor trailer then fled the scene, police said. The mother was pronounced dead at the scene and her daughter died at the hospital. The investigation into the fatal hit-and-run is ongoing. Anyone with information about this accident should contact the CHP.

Tractor Trailer Driver Charged in Deadly Colorado Crash
December 26, 2010

One person was killed and two others were injured after a head on collision between a passenger car and a tractor trailer. According to authorities, the fatal crash occurred as a tractor trailer traveled west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Limon, Colorado on Sunday. The semi was driving on the wrong side of the road without lights, authorities say, at about 8 p.m. The 18-wheeler then slammed head on into a Buick, killing the driver and injuring two others, including a 9-year-old child. The driver of the tractor trailer has been charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Man Killed in Tractor Trailer Crash
December 21, 2010

A man was killed on Tuesday in a crash involving a tractor trailer and a pickup truck. According to police, a tractor trailer became stuck in a muddy section of Buena Vista Boulevard in Bakersfield, California. The trailer of the stranded semi blocked a section of the westbound lane, authorities said. A pickup truck then slammed into the trailer. The driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the tractor trailer was seriously injured. The crash is still under investigation, authorities said.

Man Dead after Tractor Trailer Collides with Pickup
December 16, 2010

A man was killed on Thursday morning after a tractor trailer struck his vehicle on U.S. 80 in Pooler, Georgia. According to officials, a semi was backing into Pooler Seafood when it crossed into the path of a pickup truck traveling on the highway. The driver of the pickup, a 70-year-old man and veteran employee of a Pooler lumber company, was killed. The driver of the tractor trailer has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle and unsafe backing or breaking. Officials are investigating the fatal crash.

One Woman Killed and Two Others Injured After Tractor Trailer Slams into Car
December 15, 2010

A semi rear-ended a car on Wednesday night, killing a woman riding as a passenger in the smaller vehicle. Two other women,the driver and another passenger in the car, were injured. According to officials, the 18-wheeler was trying to pass a slow moving car as both vehicles traveled northbound on Highway 67 south of St. Louis, Missouri. As the tractor trailer tried to pass the car, it crashed into the back end of it, killing the 54-year-old passenger. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured, authorities said. The fatal truck crash is under investigation.

Tractor Trailer Driver in Jail After Crash that Killed One and Injured Two Others
December 10, 2010

One person was killed and two others were injured on Friday when a tractor trailer ran a red light and barreled into a van on U-S 31 in Hamilton County, Indiana. A 65-year-old man riding in the van was pronounced dead at the scene and two other men also in the van were taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer is being held in jail for criminal recklessness causing death and refusing to cooperate. The truck driver told police that he was recently released from prison after serving a 21-year term for murder. The crash is under investigation, authorities said.

Tractor Trailer Slams into School Bus, Sending 21 Children to the Hospital
December 3, 2010

Twenty one children were injured, some of them critically, when a tractor trailer smashed into the rear of a school bus on Friday morning. According to authorities, the 18-wheeler rear-ended the school bus as it stopped on U.S. 190 in Louisiana to pick up children from Port Barre Elementary and Port Barre High School. There were 21 children aboard the bus at the time of the crash. They have all been taken to area hospitals and three kids are listed in critical condition. The crash is under investigation.

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with Tractor Trailer in Burbank
November 30, 2010

A motorcyclist was killed in Burbank, California on Tuesday morning in an accident involving a Jones Chemicals tractor trailer, authorities said. The 65-year-old man was struck by the big rig as he rode his motorcycle through the intersection of Burbank Boulevard and Buena Vista Street. According to police, the truck driver did not see the motorcycle when he made a left turn into the intersection. The semi then struck the motorcycle and dragged it about 100 feet. The man, who was trapped under the truck, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the fatal truck crash.

Semi Causes Nine-Vehicle Crash on I-210 that Kills Two
November 18, 2010

Two men were killed in a fiery multi-vehicle crash that was sparked by a distracted tractor trailer driver,authorities say. The crash occurred along Interstate 210 in Upland, California on Thursday evening. According to the California Highway Patrol, a Volvo tractor trailer did not see traffic stop ahead and barreled into pickup truck which then overturned and caught fire. The driver and the passenger of the pickup were killed. The initial collision set off a chain-reaction wreck that involved the big rig and eight other vehicles. Two people were taken to area hospitals. The driver of the tractor trailer was not hurt. Officials are investigating the fatal crash.

Two People Killed in Crash Involving Semi
November 15, 2010

Two people were killed in a crash involving a tractor trailer on Monday. According to authorities, the crash occurred after a tractor trailer crashed into a concrete dividing wall as it traveled on the eastbound lanes of Route 22/322 in Pennsylvania. The force of the impact knocked pieces of the wall onto the opposite lane. A pickup truck traveling in the westbound lane then hit the debris. The driver and front-seat passenger of the pickup were killed and a back seat passenger was injured. The driver of the semi was not hurt. Investigators have begun a probe into the fatal crash.

Tractor Trailer Sparks Multi-Vehicle Crash, Killing One
November 14, 2010

Police say a tractor trailer failed to stop when traffic slowed at a construction site on Monday afternoon and sparked a chain-reaction crash that killed one person and injured five others. The crash occurred on State Road 13 in Wabash, Indiana at about 2 p.m. A construction crew had closed the road down to one lane, slowing traffic. A tractor trailer traveling northbound on the road failed to sop for traffic and rear-ended an SUV. The collision sparked a five-vehicle crash which included a minivan, a small car and a pickup truck. The driver of the minivan was pronounced dead at the scene. Three people in the SUV were taken to the hospital via air ambulance. Also injured were the driver of the car and the driver of the pickup truck. The semi driver was not injured. Authorities are investigating the fatal crash.

One Person Killed and Two Others Injured in Tractor Trailer Crash
November 9, 2010

A tractor trailer rear-ended a car in Iowa City, Iowa on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring two others. According to officials, the semi smashed into the back of a car on Highway 210 just south of the Riverside drive exit. The impact caused both vehicles to end up in a ditch. A passenger in the car was killed, Iowa State Patrol said. The driver of the car and another passenger were taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. Authorities are investigating the fatal crash.

Woman and Child Killed in Tractor Trailer Crash
November 5, 2010

A woman and a 4-year-old boy were killed on Friday in a three vehicle crash sparked by a tractor trailer. According to authorities, the accident occurred when a tractor trailer rear ended a Honda Accord that was stopped and waiting to turn right on the westbound lane of California Highway 156. The force of the collision pushed the car into oncoming traffic. Both the Honda Accord and the tractor trailer then struck a Chrysler Sebring. The woman driving the Honda Accord was killed in the crash as was a 4-year-old child riding in the Chrysler. The woman driving the Chrysler was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries. The driver of the semi was treated for minor injuries. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal tractor trailer crash.

Woman Dead After Tractor Trailer Runs Red Light
November 3, 2010

A woman was killed after a tractor trailer drove through a red light and struck her vehicle, authorities say. The accident occurred on Wednesday morning in the intersection of Illinois 394 and Steger Road near Crete, Illinois. According to Illinois State Police, the tractor trailer was traveling southbound on the 394 when it ran a stop sign and T-boned a car that was traveling eastbound on Steger Road. The woman driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene. She was the only person inside the vehicle. The driver of the semi did not suffer injuries. The fatal crash is under investigation.

Jury Awards $35 Million to Family of Tractor Trailer Crash Victim
October 21, 2010

The family of a woman killed in a 2006 accident involving a tractor trailer was awarded just over $35 million on Thursday. Anita Gibbs, a school principal, was one of four people killed when a tractor trailer rear-ended the car she was in on Interstate 70 in Missouri. The court ruling required that the Michigan-based CenTra Trucking Company, which employed the driver of the semi involved, to pay the victim’s family $35.25 million for the crash. The lawsuit alleged that the truck driver was fatigued behind the wheel and that he had also falsified trucking logs. The families of the four other people killed settled in 2008 for a total of $18 million.

Big Rig Sparks Multi-Vehicle Collision in Modesto
October 20, 2010

A tractor trailer failed to stop for slowing traffic on Highway 99 in Modesto, California on Wednesday, sparking a six-vehicle crash that killed one man and injured five others. According to the California Highway Patrol, the big rig couldn’t stop in time when traffic on the right southbound lane of the highway slowed. The semi slammed into the back of a Nissan, killing the driver inside and critically injuring a woman riding in the passenger seat. Four other people in four other vehicles were also hurt during the collision. Officials are investigating the fatal multi-vehicle crash.

Tractor Trailer Hits SUV, Killing Woman and Infant Inside
October 19, 2010

A woman and an infant boy were killed on Tuesday after a crash involving a tractor trailer. According to police, the semi truck failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with the SUV just east of McBride in Montcalm County, Michigan on Tuesday Morning. A woman driving the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene and an infant boy was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The driver of the big rig suffered head injuries. Officials are investigating the fatal truck crash.

Two Children Among Four Critically Injured in Tractor Trailer Crash
October 14, 2010

Four people were hurt after a tractor trailer and a minivan collided on I-70 in Franklin County, Ohio, on Thursday. Four people inside the van, including an infant and a child, were injured after a semi smashed into the back of the van as both vehicles traveled eastbound on the freeway. The tractor trailer rear-ended and smashed the back half of the van before pushing it off the road. The children who were both riding in the back of the van were critically injured. Two adults inside the van were also seriously injured. Officials have begun an investigation into the accident.

Company to Pay Families of Victims $63 Million for 2009 Tractor Trailer Crash
October 7, 2010

The families of eight people killed in a 2009 multi vehicle crash will receive a $62.7 million settlement from the company whose semi-truck driver sparked the deadly crash. The crash occurred in June 2009 when a tractor trailer failed to stop and barreled into a line of stopped cars on the Will Rogers Turnpike in Oklahoma. Ten people were killed in the horrific crash. The lawsuit alleged that the operator of the truck, Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., was at fault for inadequately training and supervising their driver before the crash. Families of the victims hope that the settlement will prompt AWG and other companies with commercial vehicles to improve their safety protocols. “Business as usual is not worth the risk,” said a family member “This is a terrible tragedy. This is something that didn’t need to happen.”

Tractor Trailer Slams into Traffic, Killing One
September 30, 2010

A man was killed and his fiancée was injured after a tractor trailer sparked a three-vehicle accident on Highway 124 near Burbank, Washington. According to state police, a line of cars had formed on an eastbound lane at about 4 p.m. as motorists waited to take a side road off the highway. The pickup truck had slowed or was stopped behind those cars when it was suddenly struck by a semi. The empty produce-hauling tractor trailer slammed into the pickup, causing it to spin into the westbound lanes where it was struck by a minivan. The pickup and the minivan then rolled into a ditch. The passenger of the pickup, a 31-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. His fiancée, who was driving the pickup at the time of the crash, was flown to a hospital with unspecified injuries. The drivers of the big rig and the minivan were not hurt. State police are investigating the fatal crash.

Tractor Trailer Slams into Pickup Truck, Killing One and Seriously Injuring Another
September 28, 2010

A woman is dead and her husband seriously injured after a tractor trailer hit a pickup truck on Tuesday, Just east of Burns, Oregon. According to Oregon State Police, a semi traveling westbound on Highway 20 attempted to pass the pickup truck in a no-passing zone. The pickup truck then attempted to turn left off the highway when it was struck form behind by the big rig. A woman inside the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer suffered only minor injuries. The fatal crash is under investigation.

Young Woman Killed and Several Others Injured in Crash Involving Semi and SUV
September 26, 2010

An SUV lost control on Highway 99 north of Earlimart, California, killing a 21-year-old woman inside and critically injuring another. The accident occurred at about 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning after a tractor trailer veered into a lane already occupied by a Ford Explorer carrying six people. According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the SUV then steered into the highway median, lost control and drove through several lanes before overturning into pistachio orchard. The woman died at the scene and three others were injured, one seriously. The fatal crash is under investigation.

Man Killed After his Car is Struck by Delivery Truck
September 21, 2010

A man was killed when a delivery truck crossed the center line on Route 209 near Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, and collided with his classic car. The crash occurred on Tuesday morning as both vehicles were traveling on opposing traffic lanes on Route 209. The man driving the car hit by the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the delivery truck was not seriously injured. It is unclear why the delivery truck crossed the center line in the first place. Officials have begun a probe into the fatal crash.

Woman Injured in Crash with Tractor Trailer
September 9, 2010

A tractor trailer struck a car on Thursday night on Interstate 70 in Pennsylvania, injuring a woman. The crash occurred after the driver of the semi lost control and crossed the median on Interstate 70 in South Strabane near Washington, Pennsylvania. The tractor trailer then collided with a Dodge Intrepid before bursting into flames. The woman driving the car was seriously injured and taken by helicopter to the hospital. The driver of the big rig was not injured. The crash is under investigation.

Three People Killed in Fiery Tractor Trailer Crash
September 7, 2010

Three people were killed on Tuesday when a tractor trailer crossed the center line on Highway 2 in Iowa and slammed into oncoming traffic. The early morning crash occurred when the eastbound semi crossed the center line and struck two oncoming vehicles. The tractor trailer then overturned and exploded into flames. The fiery crash killed the driver of the semi as well as the two drivers of the cars he struck, authorities said. The fatal crash is under investigation.

Semi Slams into Traffic Killing Two Infants
September 4, 2010

A multiple-vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer took the lives of two babies and left two people seriously injured on Saturday. The crash occurred on Interstate 10 in Phoenix, Arizona. According to authorities, a car had slowed to look at a fender bender when a tractor trailer lost control and slammed into two vehicles, killing a 13-month-old girl and a 3-week-old boy. Two adults were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Authorities are investigating the crash.

Mother and Child Killed in Tractor Trailer Crash
September 1, 2010

A tractor trailer crushed a pickup truck in central Florida on Wednesday, killing a woman and her two-year-old son. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the tractor trailer was speeding as it entered the Turnpike in the remote area of Yeehaw Junction when it collided with and crushed the pickup. The area was so remote that it took rescuers 45 minutes to reach the crash site. The mother and child inside the crumpled pickup were pronounced dead. The driver of the semi received minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the fatal crash.

Tractor Trailer Crashes into House, Killing Family Inside
August 25, 2010

Three people, including a child, are dead after a tractor trailer smashed into a home in Santa Barbara, California, just before 7 a.m. on Wednesday. The gravel truck hit the house with such force that the home was completely destroyed. Authorities say that a woman, a man and a small child were found dead inside the wreckage. According to the California Highway Patrol, the semi was merging from State Route 154 onto State Street when the brakes failed. Neighbors have alerted rescuers that a second child might have also been inside the house at the time which has sparked a search-and-rescue mission within the crumpled home. Police say that the tractor trailer driver was uninjured and only had a few cuts on his face.

One Pedestrian Killed and Another Injured After Being Struck by Tractor Trailer
August 23, 2010

A tractor trailer hit two pedestrians who were stopped due to an earlier crash along Interstate 75 in Bartow County, Georgia, killing one and injuring the other. According to Georgia State Patrol, a passenger vehicle hit a pedestrian as it traveled along Interstate 75 just north of the Highway 20 exit. The driver of the car had stopped to check on the pedestrian when they were both hit by a tractor trailer. The pedestrian was killed and the driver of the first car was injured. There is no word on the condition of the driver of the semi. The fatal crash is under investigation.

A Man is Killed After Tractor Trailer Rear-Ends His Vehicle
August 16, 2010

A tractor trailer rear-ended a converted school bus as it traveled on Interstate 75 in Dooly County, Georgia, killing a man inside the bus. The crash occurred at about 4 a.m. on Monday as both vehicles traveled on the southbound lane of I-75. A man was driving the converted school bus, which he used to haul vehicle parts. A tractor trailer then slammed into the back of the bus, pushing the bus off the road and into a tree. The driver of the bus was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police the truck driver admitted to seeing the bus and that “he came up on it quicker than he thought.” The semi driver only suffered minor injuries. Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the fatal crash.

Two People killed After Tractor Trailer Slams into Car
August 11, 2010

Two people were killed on Wednesday in an accident involving a tractor trailer on Route 5 in Eldridge, New York. According to state police traffic had slowed due to an earlier accident when a Casa Imports tractor trailer rear-ended a Kia, killing the two people inside. The Kia then hit a pickup truck and burst into flames. The driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries. The fatal crash is under investigation.

Family of Fallen Tow Truck Driver Accepts $1.5 Million Settlement
August 11, 2010

A $1.5 million settlement has been reached in the wrongful death lawsuit involving a 2008 truck crash that killed a tow truck driver. William B. Waite died on June 23, 2008 when he was struck by a tractor trailer while assisting a broken down semi on Interstate 80 near Utica, Illinois. In 2009, Waite’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the tractor trailer, Mark D. Boehm, and his employer, Double D Express, Inc. In what many consider an unselfish move, the Waite family decided to accept the $1.5 million settlement in order to avoid bankrupting Double D Express and worsening the area’s already high unemployment.

Veteran Math Teacher and Husband Killed in Tractor Trailer Related Accident
July 30, 2010

A math teacher and her husband were killed on Friday when a tractor trailer rear-ended their vehicle as they traveled on Interstate 380 in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. The crash occurred early in the morning as the couple drove northbound on the highway. They had slowed for another crash when the tractor trailer smashed into the back of their SUV. Christine Inscho, a veteran math teacher, and her husband John Inscho were killed. The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation, state police said.

Two Young Men in Hospital After Head-On Collision with Coal Truck
July 21, 2010

A tractor trailer crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a vehicle on Wednesday, sending two young men to the hospital with serious injuries. The 19-year-old men were driving on West Virginia 61 when a coal truck barreled through the center line and smashed into their SUV. One of the men is stable while another remains in critical condition, authorities said. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. Police are investigating the crash.

Couple Killed in Tractor Trailer Construction Zone Crash
July 18, 2010

A couple was killed in Utah on Sunday, during a crash that involved a tractor trailer. According to authorities, a 62-year-old man and his 65-year old wife died when a tractor trailer slammed into their vehicle head-on. The Utah Highway Patrol said the accident occurred in a construction zone on Interstate 15 in Southern Utah. As a semi approached traffic stopped near the construction zone, it swerved and crossed the median lane, before slamming head-on into the couple’s vehicle. The deadly crash is under investigation.

Big Rig Rear-Ends Tractor, Killing Mennonite Farmer
July 14, 2010

A Mennonite farmer was killed when his tractor was rear-ended by a semi on U.S. Highway 101 in Fortuna, California, on Wednesday. The 37-year-old man was the son of the founder of the North Coast Mennonite Church. According to authorities, a big rig traveling northbound on the highway rear ended a tractor traveling from one field to another. According to reports, the semi driver “failed to see” the slower moving tractor. The California Highway Patrol cited the driver of the tractor trailer, who received only minor injuries, with vehicular manslaughter. The crash remains under investigation.

Semi Hits Pick-up Head-on, Kills Four
July 9, 2010

A big rig traveling northbound on I-59 in Pearl River, Louisiana, crossed the median on Friday morning and slammed head-on into a vehicle carrying four people. All four people inside the pickup truck were killed, authorities said, while the driver of the semi suffered minor injuries. The fatal crash is under still under investigation. Police suspect the tractor trailer had a tire blow out before the collision.

One Person Killed and Two Others Critically Injured in Multi Vehicle Crash Involving Semi
July 6, 2010

One person was killed and two others critically injured on Tuesday, after a tractor-trailer lost control on Interstate 80 in Oklahoma. According to police a tractor trailer was traveling eastbound on I-80 in Sandy Township when it lost control and hit a car that was stopped due to construction. This collision then sparked a three vehicle collision which left a man dead. Two other people were seriously injured in the crash and two dogs were killed, authorities said. The fatal crash is still under investigation.

Young Couple and Baby Killed in Fatal Crash Involving Big Rig
July 4, 2010

A young family was killed this Sunday after a tractor trailer hit their car head-on in San Antonio. According to officials a young husband and wife, along with their 11-month-old baby, were killed when the semi veered off the southbound lane of Interstate 35 and onto the northbound lane before hitting the family’s vehicle. A 13-year-old girl was also in the vehicle during the crash. She was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. According to reports, the driver of the tractor trailer said he fell asleep at the wheel before the accident occurred. The fatal crash remains under investigation.

More then 60,000 Volvo Tractor Trailers to be Recalled
June 25, 2010

Volvo Trucks North America will recall more than 60,000 tractor trailers in mid August due to potential steering problems. According to the government, a ball socket in the steering system has the potential to separate which could lead to the complete loss of steering control. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported 23 crashes and two injuries involving the steering problem. The recall, which is expected to start in mid August, will affect certain 2001 to 2006 model VNL and VNM trucks.

Tractor Trailer Sparks Multi-Vehicle Crash, Killing one Woman
June 24, 2010

A tractor trailer barreled into a line of cars waiting at a red light in Monroe County, Pennsylvania on Thursday, killing a woman and injuring a number of others. According to witnesses the semi had been driving erratically on Route 33 north before turning onto Route 209 and sparking the multi vehicle crash. The truck slammed into a Mini Cooper whose driver died at the scene. A number of other people whose vehicles were involved in the collision were taken to area hospitals with unspecified injuries. The driver of the big rig was so distraught, police say, that he attempted to commit suicide by running into the fire sparked by the initial crash. He has been charged with homicide by vehicle and is suspected of driving under the influence of a controlled substance. The fatal crash remains under investigation.

Man Killed in Head-On Collision with Tractor Trailer
June 23, 2010

One person was killed and another seriously injured when a tractor trailer crossed a median on Ohio’s Interstate 70 and struck a pick-up truck on Wednesday afternoon. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, an International semi was headed eastbound on I-70 when it crossed the median and slammed head-on into a westbound pick-up truck. The driver of the pick-up was pronounced dead at the scene and a passenger was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the fatal crash.

Delivery Truck Slams into Minivan, Killing a One and Critically Injuring Another
June 12, 2010

A 13-year-old was killed when a delivery truck failed to see a stop sign and slammed into a van on Saturday, in Denmark, New York. The teenager was a passenger in the minivan. Another passenger, also 13-years-old, was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. The crash occurred when a Lowe’s delivery truck failed to stop at a stop sign on Route 410 and County Route 19 before colliding with a minivan at the intersection. The driver of the delivery truck suffered minor injuries. The fatal crash is under investigation.

Two Killed in Crash Involving UPS Truck
June 8, 2010

Two people were killed in an accident involving a delivery truck in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday morning. It appears that just after 9 a.m., a UPS delivery truck slammed into the rear of a sedan and both vehicles caught on fire. Aerial photographs of the wreckage show the UPS truck crushing the smaller vehicle. Two people inside the sedan were killed, authorities said. The crash occurred on Highway 249 at Greens Road. There is no word on the condition of the truck driver. The cause of the crash is unknown and it remains under investigation.

Crash Involving Two Big Rigs Kills Four Members of the Same Family
June 3, 2010

A Subaru Forester carrying four members of the same family was hit by two trucks on Highway 12 in American Canyon on Thursday. All four family members died. According to the California Highway Patrol, the Subaru was hit from behind by a tractor trailer and then hit head-on by a second big rig. The Subaru was crushed by the second impact, which killed a father, his 19-year-old daughter and his elderly parents. The driver of the truck which rear-ended the family’s car suffered minor injuries and the driver of the second semi was not hurt. This crash remains under investigation.

Truck Sparks Multiple Vehicle Collision, Killing Three and Injuring 13
May 31, 2010

Three people are dead and another 13 injured after a tractor trailer caused a nine-vehicle accident on Interstate 57 near Mattoon, Illinois, on Monday. According to authorities, the truck driver was distracted and failed to see that traffic had slowed to almost a full stop. He then rear-ended a vehicle, starting a chain reaction collision with another eight vehicles, one of which caught fire. Three people inside the vehicle that caught fire were killed, a fourth person in the car was critically burned and has been taken to a burn center. The truck driver was not injured. The fatal collision is under investigation.

Police say Tractor Trailer Responsible for Death in Hit-and-Run
May 26, 2010

Police are on a manhunt for the driver of a tractor trailer involved in an accident in Kentucky which left a man dead. The fatal crash occurred on Wednesday morning on Interstate 64 in Rowan County east of Morehead, KY. According to State police, it appears a tractor trailer struck a man who was standing beside his disabled vehicle on the westbound lanes of the roadway. According to family members, the man was returning home from his son’s high school graduation when he experienced car trouble and pulled over to check on his vehicle. State police say the semi did not stop after striking the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Evidence from the site was analyzed and authorities are now looking for a tractor trailer with damage to its right side.

Man Killed in Crash Involving FedEx Truck
May 21, 2010

A man was killed when a FedEx truck crossed the median and hit a passenger car head-on near Lambs Canyon, Utah. The fatal crash occurred on Friday evening when the FedEx truck, traveling on Interstate 80, went through the median into eastbound traffic. The truck then barreled into a car, killing the driver. The driver and passenger of the FedEx truck received minor injuries. Authorities are still investigating the fatal crash.

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash Involving Construction Truck
May 19, 2010

A construction truck hauling a water tanker pulled out in front of a motorcycle on Interstate 5 on Wednesday, killing the motorcyclist. The accident occurred at about 1:45 p.m. on the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Arlington, Washington. State troopers said the 51-year-old man driving the motorcycle was taken to a hospital, where he later died. The fatal crash is under investigation.

Motorcyclist Killed in Collision with Tractor Trailer
May 14, 2010

A man was killed when a tractor trailer and a motorcycle collided in Pitt County, North Carolina on Friday afternoon. A motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene after the motorcycle crashed with a semi as both vehicles crossed the intersection of N.C. 102 and N.C. 43. Police say there were no witnesses to the collision and the crash is still under investigation. The driver of the big rig has been cited for misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

One Person Killed After Tractor Trailer Collides with Van
May 10, 2010

One person was killed and four others injured when a van was rear-ended by a semi truck on I-75 in Madison County, Kentucky on Monday morning. The van, carrying four people, was traveling southbound on the slow lane of I-75 near the 93 mile-marker when it was struck from behind by a tractor trailer. One passenger was ejected from the van and died at the scene. Another two people inside the van were injured and taken to the hospital. Two others, a person in the van and the driver of the big rig, were treated for minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the fatal accident.

Man Dead After Semi Rear-Ends with Pick-Up Truck
May 7, 2010

A semi truck rear-ended a pick-up truck in Lyons, Kansas on Friday morning, killing the driver of the pick-up truck. The fatal crash occurred on 56 Highway West Main and 15th Road in the early hours of the morning. Authorities said the driver of the pick-up was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries. The fatal accident is still under investigation.

Man killed by Bouncing Big Rig Tire
May 3, 2010

A 24-year-old man was killed Monday morning when a semi truck’s rear wheel became detached and bounced over the median wall, striking his SUV. According to state police, a Volvo tractor trailer was driving on Interstate 70 near McKelvey Road in St. Louis County, Missouri, when its rear axle came loose, causing the back wheels to come off and bounce onto the freeway. One of those wheels crossed the median and struck the windshield of the SUV. Another vehicle was involved in the crash and that driver was moderately injured. The fatal accident is under investigation.

Good Samaritan Killed, Four Others Injured After Tractor Trailer Crash
April 23, 2010

One person was killed and four others injured on Friday morning when a tractor trailer hit four people who were aiding a stranded truck on Interstate 240 in Asheville, North Carolina. According to police, a truck stalled on the westbound lanes of I-240 at about 1:50 a.m. The driver of the truck along with four good Samaritans attempted to get the truck off the road as it was blocking the westbound lanes. An 18-wheeler traveling on the interstate then struck four people, killing one person instantly. The three other people hit by the tractor trailer were injured, one critically and another seriously. The driver of the 18-wheeler was also injured in the crash. Authorities are still investigating the fatal collision.

Man Dies After Minivan is Pinned by Tractor Trailer
April 21, 2010

A tractor trailer pinned a minivan into the concrete divider along the Florida Turnpike on Wednesday morning, killing the driver of the smaller vehicle. The man driving the minivan was taken to the hospital after a big rig wedged his vehicle against the concrete divider along the northbound lanes of the expressway. He later died from extensive injuries. Authorities are investigating the fatal crash.

Big Rig Crash on Highway 99 Kills Woman and Seriously Injures Two Others
April 19, 2010

A woman was killed in an accident involving a big rig on Highway 99 in California on Monday. Her husband was critically injured and another passenger was also injured. According to authorities, at about 3 p.m. a northbound tractor trailer crossed the center lane and collided head-on with the southbound passenger vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, 53-year-old Martha Lynn Shower, was killed instantly and her husband was critically injured. Another male passenger in the vehicle was also injured and taken to an area hospital. The truck driver told police that he lost control of the vehicle after swerving to avoid hitting a van that had cut him off prior to the deadly collision. He was not injured. The fatal crash is under investigation.

Crash Involving Box Truck Leaves a Woman Dead
April 14, 2010

One woman was killed when a box truck traveling on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma City lost control and crashed into oncoming traffic on Wednesday morning. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the box truck was traveling northbound on I-35 when it clipped a guardrail and crossed over into southbound traffic, smashing into a pickup truck. The woman driving the pickup truck was killed. Two others were taken to area hospitals and authorities said one person was seriously injured. The fatal crash remains under investigation.

Four Killed in Fiery Crash Involving Three Tractor Trailers and SUV
April 9, 2010

Four people are dead following a fiery crash involving three 18-wheelers and a sport utility vehicle. The fatal crash occurred on Interstate 10 in Louisiana on Friday, after an eastbound semi sideswiped another big rig that was stopped on the shoulder. The eastbound semi then lost control, crossed the median and slammed head-on into a third 18-wheeler and an SUV before bursting into flames. The two men inside the SUV, including an off duty police officer, were killed in the fiery crash. The driver of the eastbound semi and the driver of the westbound truck were also killed. The driver of the 18-wheeler which was parked on the shoulder was cited for failure to properly display warning devices for a disabled vehicle on the shoulder. He had been asleep in the cab when the crash occurred and was not injured. The fatal crash is under investigation.

Massachusetts Trucker Gets a Double Murder Charge for 2009 SoCal Crash
April 7, 2010

Two murder charges have been reinstated against Marcos Barbosa Costa, a trucker from Massachusetts whose big rig was involved in a crash last year that killed a man and his 12-year-old daughter. The murder charges were reinstated on Tuesday by a three-justice state appeals court panel in California after they found that L.A. County Superior Court Judge Lisa Lench erred in her earlier ruling to dismiss the murder charges. The decision is based on the events that led to last year’s fatal crash, which occurred as Costa drove his 25-ton, 18-wheel car hauler down the steep Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada Flintridge, California. Despite ample warnings of failing brakes, including streams of smoke, Costa continued to drive his big rig down the steep highway. The truck’s brakes failed and the truck smashed into a small red Ford, instantly killing the two people inside.

Two People on Motorcycle are Dead After Hit-And-Run Semi Crash
April 1, 2010

Two people on a motorcycle were killed after a crash involving a tractor trailer on I-490 in Cleveland, Ohio. The crash occurred when a van attempted to change lanes and was struck by a semi-tractor trailer. The truck then struck the motorcycle with two riders, a man and a woman, who were killed. Police are searching for the white tractor trailer and its driver, who did not stop after the accident and continued eastbound on I-490.

Tractor Trailer Kills Two Kentucky Highway Workers
March 29, 2010

Two tree trimmers placing work signs along the intersection of U.S. 460 and highway 1499 in Pike County, Kentucky, were killed on Monday after a tractor trailer lost control and struck the men. According to officials, the truck had mechanical problems and went across the intersection, killing 32-year-old Kevin D. Jones and 20-year-old Paul Williams. The truck driver, who police say was driving on a suspended license, was not injured. He has been arrested and an investigation into the fatal crash is underway.

One Person Killed After Car Slams into Stalled Semi on I-5 in California
March 23, 2010

The driver of a white sedan was killed when the car slammed into the back of a stalled tractor trailer on Interstate 5 in Burbank, California. The crash occurred around 4:00 a.m. on Friday. According to officials, the semi had broken down in one of the southbound lanes and the driver of the car apparently did not see it. Police said when they arrived, they saw half of the car was wedged beneath the truck’s trailer. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are investigating the accident.

One Killed and Two Injured After Tanker Truck Rear-Ends Car
March 20, 2010

Trucks slamming into stopped traffic are occurring more and more. Here is yet another example. In this case an International tanker truck rear-ended a Honda Civic on Saturday afternoon, killing a 74-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Civic. The fatal crash occurred on state Routes 2005 and 2022 intersection in Covington, Pennsylvania. Two others in the Civic, a woman and a five-year-old child, were also injured. The child was air-lifted from the scene. According to state police, the Civic had stopped because of traffic when it was struck from behind by the tanker truck. The force of the collision was so strong, that the car was pushed forward about 100 feet. The driver of the truck was not injured. An investigation in to the fatal crash is pending.

Man Critically Injured In Crash Involving Semi
March 17, 2010

Truck drivers not paying attention to traffic slowing in front of them is a common cause of many of the truck accidents our law firm handles. In this crash, a man was critically injured after a tractor trailer slammed into his vehicle on Highway 75 in Grayson County, Texas on Wednesday. According to authorities, traffic had slowed due to a narrowed lane when the tractor trailer rear-ended the vehicle and side swiped another. The tractor trailer then barreled through a medium and into oncoming traffic before coming to rest in a patch of grass. The truck driver was cited for failure to control speed. The crash is under investigation.

Nurse Killed in Accident Involving Trash Truck
March 15, 2010

An emergency room nurse was killed on Monday morning after striking a trailer that had detached from an Allied Waste truck. The fatal crash occurred at about 5:30 a.m. on Sumner County Highway in Tennessee. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Allied Waste truck lost a trash container as well as its trailer. A Honda Prelude, a minivan and another tractor trailer struck the trailer and the empty trash container. The nurse, who was driving the Honda home from a shift at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was taken back to that hospital where she later died. The driver of the minivan was injured. The crash is under investigation, but no charges have been filed.

Bride-to-be Killed in Big Rig Crash
March 10, 2010

A young couple on their way to Las Vegas to get married were involved in a 13-car pileup on Interstate 15 near Cedar City, Utah, on Wednesday. The 25-year-old bride-to-be and her unborn child were killed. Her fiancé suffered serious injuries. The accident occurred as the couple headed to Nevada for their wedding. The couple had stopped behind a tractor trailer which had just been involved in an accident when a second tractor trailer slammed into their car from behind. The couple’s car was then smashed into the big rig in front. The young bride was pronounced dead at the scene. There was heavy snow and low visibility at the time, the Utah Highway Patrol reported. An investigation into the tragic crash is pending.

$5 Million Lawsuit Filed by Surviving Family of Bicyclist Killed in Truck Accident
March 3, 2010

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of the surviving family of a bicyclist who was killed in a collision with a truck last year in Maryland. The fatal accident occurred on Aug. 4, 2009, when 67-year-old John R. Yates got caught in a tractor trailer’s rear wheels as he rode his bike south on Maryland Avenue. Yates, died at the scene. According to a police investigation of the crash, Yates was at fault because he was riding in the parking lanes when he tried to pass the truck. According to the Yates’ family attorney, however, a surveillance video shows the truck negligently turning right without signaling. The suit, which seeks $5 million in compensatory damages for negligence by the driver of the truck and the company he works for, was filed on Wednesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Motorist Killed in Florida Crash Involving Tractor Trailer
March 1, 2010

An elderly man was killed when a tractor trailer struck his vehicle on Interstate 10 in Columbia County, Florida, late Monday night. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, both the tractor trailer and the car were traveling east-bound on the right lanes when the truck collided with the rear of the other vehicle. Both the truck and the car then traveled into the south shoulder where the truck jackknifed and stopped. The driver of the car, 84-year-old James Glynn Cooper, was pronounced dead at the scene. The fatal crash is under investigation.

Accident Involving Dump Truck Injures Three
February 25, 2010

Three people were sent to area hospitals with head and neck injuries after an accident involving a dump truck on the southbound lanes of Route 208 in New Jersey. The crash occurred on Wednesday morning when a dump truck attempted to steer onto the shoulder. The truck then struck a box truck and overturned, spilling a load of dirt on the roadway. According to the driver of the dump truck, his brakes had failed and he was trying to avoid striking the box truck in front of him moments before the accident occurred. The driver and passenger of the dump truck received head and neck injuries and were taken to the hospital. Also injured was the driver of the box truck. One other vehicle was involved in the collision but no one inside was hurt. The collision is under investigation.

Big Rig Crashes into Stopped Car on 710 Freeway, Killing Motorist
February 22, 2010

A big rig collided with a stopped vehicle on the 710 Freeway in Commerce, California on Monday night, killing the motorist in the car. At about 9:20 p.m., the tractor trailer was traveling northbound on the freeway when it smashed into the car which was stopped on or near the shoulder, the highway patrol said. There were no reports of injuries. The fatal crash is under investigation.

Sleeping Woman Killed When Tractor Trailer Slams into Home
February 19, 2010

A tractor trailer ran into a house early Friday morning, killing a woman sleeping inside. According to police, a Freightliner tractor trailer hauling concrete forms was traveling east bound on State Route 23 in the town of Davenport, New York, when it lost control as it attempted a sharp left curve. The truck then ran through the shoulder, off the roadway and slammed into a single story home. The cement forms were dislodged form the flatbed trailer, killing a 46-year-old woman who lay sleeping in the residence. Two others inside the home, a woman and young child, were injured during the impact.. The fatal crash is under investigation.

Tractor Trailer Slams into Two Passenger Vehicles, Killing 3
February 18, 2010

Three people were killed on Interstate 10 in Colorado County, Texas on Wednesday when a Peterbilt tractor trailer drove through the center median and into oncoming traffic, colliding with a Toyota Landcruiser and a Chevrolet pickup truck. The crash killed the driver of the pickup as well as the driver and passenger of the Toyota. The driver of the big rig suffered only minor injuries. All three vehicles caught on fire and burned after the fatal impact, which occurred around 7:15 p.m. The fatal accident is under investigation.

Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run involving Big Rig
February 10, 2010

Authorities say a tractor trailer struck and killed a pedestrian early Wednesday morning in Fontana, California, and did not stop. The pedestrian, a Hispanic man in his 40s, was found dead by a neighborhood resident at about 3 a.m. No eye-witnesses of the hit-and-run have come forward. Investigators were able to determine that a big rig was involved by studying tire tracks at the scene. The death is under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact police.

Tractor Trailer Strikes and Kills Child in Stroller
February 2, 2010

In a tragic accident, a child in a stroller was struck and killed by a big rig at about 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at the intersection of Highway 99 and Old Highway 34 in Linn County, Oregon. According to police, the child was in a jogging stroller being pushed by his mother when the Freightliner turned right and hit the stroller. The mother was not harmed, but her two-year-old son was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation.

Tractor Trailer Runs Traffic Light in Pennsylvania, Driver of Pickup Truck Hospitalized
January 15, 2010

A tractor trailer failed to stop at a traffic light in Rayburn, Pennsylvania, crashing into the driver’s side of a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck was removed from his vehicle and transported to a Pittsburgh hospital in an emergency helicopter with unspecified injuries. After colliding with the pickup truck, the 18-wheeler scraped three other vehicles as it attempted to swerve out of traffic’s way. No one else was injured. The accident is under investigation.

Motorcyclist Killed in Collision with Big Rig
January 8, 2010

A motorcyclist was killed after colliding with a tractor trailer on the northbound 405 freeway in Lawndale, California on Friday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol, the big rig crashed into the center divider just north of Artesia Boulevard, blocking the carpool lane. The motorcyclist was also traveling in the HOV lane and had no time to veer out of the way, authorities said. The motorcyclist died at the scene.

One Dead After Big Rig Collides with Pickup Truck
January 7, 2010

A tractor trailer and a pickup truck collided just before noon today in Franklin County, Indiana, killing the driver of the pickup truck. The crash occurred when the big rig, carrying roofing materials, lost control on a curve while traveling on US Route 52. The trailer of the semi then swung into the path of the oncoming pickup truck. The fatal collision is under investigation.

Commercial Tanker Collides with Bus, Killing Four and Injuring Seven
January 7, 2010

On Thursday afternoon, a commercial tanker and shuttle bus collided in Springfield, Ohio. Four people were killed and another seven were sent to area hospitals for treatment.

The collision occurred after a Mack commercial truck lost control as it traveled westbound on Interstate 70 at State Route 40. The truck jackknifed and swerved over the median before hitting a passenger car and smashing into the bus, which was carrying nine passengers and the driver.

The driver of the bus was killed, as well as three other passengers. They were pronounced deceased at the scene. The other passengers of the motor coach bus were taken to hospitals with unspecified injuries. The driver of the tanker was also taken to an area hospital for minor injuries, officials said.

Officials investigating the fatal collision have not yet said if weather was a factor in the crash. At the time, many parts of Ohio were covered in up to 12 centimeters of snow.

The shuttle bus, a Chevrolet 17-seat motor coach, was en route to an assisted living facility. It was returning from Creative Learning Workshop, a center that provides vocational services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, when the crash occurred.

Steel Coil Falls from Tractor Trailer, Crushing 2 Cars and Killing 3 People
January 4, 2010

Three people were killed when a steel coil fell from a tractor trailer and crushed two cars on state Highway 37 in Orange County, Indiana on Monday. According to Indiana State Police, the big rig was hauling steel coils when it rounded a curve. One of the steel coils then came loose and fell onto the passenger vehicles. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an investigation into the fatal accident.

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