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One Dead after 18-wheeler Crashes into Pedestrians Tending to Disabled Trailer


semi-truck driving on highway

According to KATC, a man assisting another motorist with a detached trailer on the highway was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Tuesday morning.

Details of the Fatal Truck-Pedestrian Wreck

Tanika Adams, 26, traveled westbound on Interstate 10 hauling a trailer behind her Volkswagen Tiguan near mile marker 144. The trailer detached from her vehicle in the outside lane of the highway. Vineeth Keesara, 25, pulled over to assist the woman with moving the trailer off the road. At approximately 1:00 a.m. local time, a semi-truck crashed into the trailer and the Volkswagen after failing to swerve around it.

KATC reports that the 18-wheeler struck the two pedestrians during the collision. Keesara suffered from fatal injuries and died at the scene of the crash. Adams received treatment for critical injuries at a local hospital.

Officials say the truck driver was not impaired at the time of fatal wreck, reports KATC. The driver also received treatment at a local hospital for undisclosed injuries.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information regarding large-truck crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks.
    • 10 percent of fatalities in large-truck related crashes were nonoccupants, including pedestrians and bicyclists.
    • Occupants of other vehicles made up 73 percent of these fatalities.
  • Large trucks accounted for eight percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes in 2014.
  • There was a 19 percent increase in the number of injured occupants of other vehicles involved in large-truck traffic crashes from 2013 to 2014.

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