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Alabama Drivers Call Section of Highway ‘Unsafe’ After Fatal Crash

Frank Hoffman1 year ago

Alabama’s WVTM13 reports that Shelby County drivers are expressing concern over the safety of the State’s Highway 280 after a crash that left a woman dead and a child endangered occurred Tuesday.

Woman Killed in Fatal Accident

25-year-old Jordan Mays and her infant were approaching an intersection on the highway when a large truck struck Mays’ SUV. Ms. Mays died upon impact and her child was trapped in the damaged vehicle.

The wreck occurred in front a physical therapy center and one of the employees of the center, Shari Hyde, rushed out to provide assistance upon hearing the crash. Hyde was able to free the infant from the wreckage and then ensured that the child was uninjured.

Hyde and her co-workers expressed their concern about the safety of the highway. They stated that large vehicles often have issues stopping at that particular intersection due to it being just after a large hill and that “Accidents (happen) here all the time”.

The exact cause of Tuesday’s accident is still unknown and local authorities are conducting an investigation.

National Trucking Accident Statistics

  • 3,964 fatal trucking accidents were recorded in the United States in 2013, marking a slight increase from the 3,944 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2013:
    • 691 were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,834 were occupants of other vehicles
    • 439 were listed as nonoccupants such as pedestrians and pedalcyclists
  • An additional 95,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2013.

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