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1 Dead in Bell County Trucking Accident

Destiny Baker3 years ago

A man from Pineville, Kentucky was killed Saturday when the truck he was riding in collided with a tractor-trailer in Bell County.

About the Fatal Bell County Trucking Accident

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, 21-year-old Aaron Baker was a passenger in a 2011 GMC pickup that crashed into an 18-wheeler on U.S. 25E in the Log Mountain around 2 pm Saturday.

Police report that the driver of the pickup, Anthony Baker, and a second passenger, Lisa Hoskins, were taken to Pineville Community Hospital following the crash. Hoskins was flown to University of Tennessee Hospital shortly after.

The condition of both Antony Baker and Lisa Hoskins is currently unknown.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Kenneth Wirt Jr., was not injured in the collision. Authorities are still investigating the accident.

U.S. Trucking Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012 – a 4 percent increase from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • An additional 104,000 people were injured, marking a 18 percent increase from 88,000 in 2011.
  • Of those killed in crashes involving large trucks:
    • 697 (18 percent) were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,843 (73 percent) were occupants of large vehicles
    • 381 (10 percent) were nonoccupants, including pedestrians and pedalcyclists

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