2 Dead in Baton Rouge Trucking Accident
Details of the Fatal Trucking Accident
According to WWL-TV, Ohio resident Ricky Chester, 56, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 around 5 pm Friday when he failed to stop with traffic congestion on an elevated section of interstate known as the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.
His 18-wheeler then rear-ended another tractor-trailer, causing a chain reaction in which two more 18-wheelers were struck.
The impact caused the trailer on one of the vehicles to become dislodged from the truck and travel over the guardrail, falling to the ground below.
Another 18-wheeler burst into flames, sending black smoke across both sides of the freeway.
Chester and his wife, Karen Chester, were pronounced dead at the scene. Occupants of the other 18-wheelers sustained minor injuries.
Trucking Accident Statistics
Following information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012 – up 4 percent from 3,781 in 2011.
- Additionally, another 104,000 people were injured as a result of crashes involving large truck, marking an 18 percent increase from 88,000 in 2011.
- Of those killed in trucking accidents:
- The NHTSA was able to determine that the vast majority of trucking accidents, roughly 78 percent, occurred on weekdays. Of those, 72 percent occurred during the daytime hour between 6 am and 5:59 pm.