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1 Dead in Rayville 18-Wheeler Crash

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

One man was killed Tuesday afternoon when three tractor-trailers and a car collided along Interstate 20 roughly four miles east of Rayville, Louisiana.

Details of the Rayville Trucking Accident

According to the News Star, the accident occurred around 5:24 pm when an 18-wheeler traveling westbound on Interstate 20 struck another tractor-trailer driven by 52-year-old Nathanial Tomas, which had stopped due to traffic congestion.

The force from the initial impact sent Tomas’ truck into a 2014 Toyota Prius driven by Michael Jedynak, 55, which was then pushed into a third tractor-trailer driven by John Wright, 46.

Troopers reported that the wreck resulted in a fire that is believed to have contributed to the death of the driver of the first tractor-trailer. His identity has not been released.

Jednyak was rushed to St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe with moderate injuries – Wright and Thomas were uninjured in the incident.

Authorities are still investigating the collision.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,921 people were killed in trucking accident in 2012, marking a 4 percent increase over 2011 when 3,781 deaths were reported.
  • In addition, another 104,000 people sustained injuries in trucking accidents – up 18 percent from 88,000 in 2011.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2012:
    • 697 (18 percent) were occupants of large trucks.
    • 2,843 (73 percent) were occupants of other vehicles.
    • 381 (10 percent) were non-occupants including pedestrians and bicyclists.


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