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Domestic Dispute Leads to Fatal Crash involving 18-Wheeler

18-wheeler truck driving toward man in car

According to KTVI, a domestic dispute between a man and a woman leads to an 18-wheeler causing a fatal five-car pileup on the highway in O’Fallon, Illinois, on Monday night.

Driver Could Face Charges; Investigation Pending

Witnesses reported an argument between a semi-truck driver and his female passenger at around 9:30 p.m. local time. The police, originally responding to the domestic dispute call, diverted to the scene of a massive multiple-vehicle crash nearby.

KTVI reports that the female passenger jumped from the cab of the man’s tractor-trailer near a McDonald’s on Route 50. Less than a mile away, the driver of the 18-wheeler collided with a vehicle causing a chain-reaction crash involving a total of five vehicles.

The driver of one of those vehicles, 67-year-old Cheryl Culver, died during the wreck. KTVI reports that three others sustained injuries. Police are still investigation the wreck and trying to determine why the semi-truck driver caused it.

Trucking Accident Statistics

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

  • In 2014, 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks.
    • Occupants of other vehicles made up 73 percent of these fatalities.
  • An estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014, an increase of 17 percent from 2013.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for eight percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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