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18-Wheeler Loses Control, Crashes into Car on Slick Highway; Five Injured


semi-truck driving toward man in car

According to KRTV, multiple people suffered from injuries after a semi strikes their car in Judith Basin County, Montana, on Monday evening.

Details of the Large Truck Wreck

Officials say an icy bridge played a role in the injury accident between a passenger car and an 18-wheeler. The semi-truck driver traveling westbound lost control of his big rig, jackknifing and crashing into a car traveling the opposite direction at around 6:20 p.m. local time.

KRTV reports that the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 87 near mile marker 58, north of Hobson. Five passengers inside the car required extrication by emergency crews. One of the occupants required treatment at a local hospital for injuries.

The other four occupants sustained minor injuries in the crash. According to KRTV, the driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured.

Trucking Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. Here are additional statistics regarding large truck accidents in the United States.

  • An estimated 111,000 people suffered injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 74 percent of the people injured in these accidents were occupants of other vehicles.
  • An estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes during 2014.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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