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40-year-old Man Killed in Crash with 18-wheeler


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According to NBC Washington, a man died after his vehicle was hit by a semi on the interstate in Frederick, Maryland, on Wednesday morning.

Details of the Fatal Truck Wreck

Ross Jonathan Micheals, 40, was returning home from his office after grabbing a computer to work from home at around 5:30 a.m. local time. Traveling eastbound on Interstate 70, Micheals hit traffic near the Interstate 270 interchange when the accident occurred.

An 18-wheeler was driving next to Micheals when the driver failed to stop for slowed traffic and slammed on his brakes. Micheals’ car was hit by the truck and it lost control, and he was pushed into the rear of a pickup truck in front of him. NBC Washington reports that Micheals died from injuries at the scene of the wreck.

No charges have been filed against the truck driver, reports NBC Washington, but a reconstruction team is investigating the fatal crash. Micheals’ death marks the 10th traffic fatality in Frederick County in 2016.

Information on Trucking Accidents

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

  • 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
  • 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 eight percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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