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1-Year-Old Killed in Buchanan County Trucking Accident


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A 1-year-old boy was killed Saturday when he was struck by a tanker truck in Buchanan County, Iowa.

Details of the Fatal Trucking Accident

According to WHO-TV, authorities were called to the scene of the fatal trucking accident in the 1100 block of Fairbank-Amish Boulevard around 10 am.

Preliminary reports indicate the driver of the tanker truck, Eric Gilliam, 38, was leaving the residence when 1-year-old Samuel Helmuth ran in front of the truck. The young boy was struck by the driver side front tire.

Authorities pronounced Samuel dead at the scene.

Trucking Accident Statistics

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

  • A total of 3,964 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2013 – a slight increase from the 3,944 deaths reported 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 nonoccupants including pedestrians and pedalcyclists
  • An additional 95,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2013.

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