Collision Involving Three 18-Wheeler Trucks Kills One, Injures Another
Details of the Fatal Crash
A semi-truck driver pulled onto the shoulder near mile marker 112.6 on the Indiana Toll Road to attend to a mechanical problem with his truck at around 1:00 p.m. local time. Another 18-wheeler traveling eastbound crashed into the disabled semi before colliding with a third tractor-trailer.
Both 18-wheelers came to rest in the center median, and according to The Journal Gazette, one of the trucks burst into flames. The driver of second semi-truck died at the scene of the wreck. One of the other drivers received treatment at a local hospital.
Traffic on the Indiana Toll Road experienced significant delays as only one lane remained open in each direction, reports The Journal Gazette.
Trucking Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. In addition,
- An estimated 111,000 people suffered injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
- 23 percent were occupants of large trucks.
- 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.