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Chain-reaction Multiple-vehicle Wreck involving Semi-truck Hospitalizes Three

two cars with severe damage from a crash

According to the Idaho State Journal, a multiple-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer injured three people near Malad City, Idaho, on Sunday morning.

Crash under Investigation

The chain-reaction injury accident started with a GMC SUV hauling a Gulfstream travel trailer south on Interstate 15 near milepost 21. Officials say three men were inside the SUV when it slide off the roadway and flipped onto its side along with the trailer. None of the men sustained injuries in the rollover.

An Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived at the scene to investigate the crash, reports the Idaho State Journal. Soon thereafter, the officer’s pickup truck was hit by a tractor-trailer that lost control and jackknifed as it approached the crash scene. The police officer was struck by his pickup truck as he was outside the vehicle.

According to the Idaho State Journal, one of the men involved in the crash was on top of the SUV retrieving items from inside when the 18-wheeler collided with it, tossing the man off the vehicle. In addition, a good Samaritan that stopped to help out the three men was struck by the travel trailer that was hit in the chain-reaction crash.

Three men, including the police officer, were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. The extent of their injuries are unknown, reports the Idaho State Journal. The Idaho State Police are investigating the crash.

Trucking Accident Statistics

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.
  • 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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