18-Wheeler Causes Crash Involving Two Dozen Vehicles, Nearly 20 Injuries
Cattle Uninjured in Crash
A Verde Livestock Transportation semi-truck drove south on Interstate 17 on Sunday at around 1:22 p.m. local time. The tractor-trailer carrying cattle failed to slow down for congested traffic on the interstate due to an earlier motorcycle accident.
The 18-wheeler continued to sideswipe and rear-end 23 vehicles, according to the Camp Verde Bugle. Four drivers sustained moderate to severe injuries and were flown to a Phoenix-area hospital. In addition, 13 other patients sustained injuries and received treatment at local hospitals.
The interstate closed for most of the day, and the Camp Verde Bugle reports that none of the cattle suffered injuries in the crash.
Trucking Accident Statistics
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- In 2014, there were 3,903 people killed in crashes involving large trucks.
- Seventy-nine percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2014 occurred on weekdays.
- An estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014 – an increase of 17 percent from an estimated 95,000 in 2013.