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1 Dead in Fiery Mississippi Trucking Accident

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Alexandrea Messner2 years ago

According to Mississippi authorities, one person is dead after three 18-wheelers collided on Interstate 10 near the Diamondhead exit.

Details of the Fatal Mississippi Trucking Accidents

The Houston Chronicle reports the crash occurred Monday when the first truck, driven by Lewis Peak, 44, of Valdosta, Georgia, hit a second truck driven by Razmik Khachikyan, 59, of Panorama City, California. The two trucks quickly became engulfed in flames and Peak was trapped in his truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The force from the first collision caused Kachikyan to rear-end a tanker which was being driven by Roger Eppler, 65, of Jasper, Texas. Jasper suffered moderate injuries and Khachikyan escaped unscathed.

The tanker that was hit was carrying a highly corrosive chemical, but none was leaked. A New Orleans company was called to remove it from the truck. The wreck remains under investigation with the help of an accident reconstructionist.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided b the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):

  • 3,464 fatal trucking accidents occurred in 2012. Another 73,000 resulted in nonfatal injuries.
  • Single-vehicle accidents made of 21-percent of all fatal trucking accidents and 15-percent of all injury trucking crashes.
  • Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of all fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on rural roads, and 24 percent occurred on rural and urban Interstate highways.

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