Details of the Fatal Accident
Police responded to an accident on Interstate 70 near Route 32 at around 4:30 a.m. local time. The driver of a Nissan Altima traveled westbound on the interstate when he struck a deer. His car was inoperable following the wreck with the deer.
Shortly after, a semi-truck crashed into the car from behind, ejecting the driver from his vehicle. The 18-wheeler and the Nissan Altima ended up in a ditch off the highway, according to WBFF.
The driver, 48-year-old John Trippe died at the scene of the crash. WBFF reports that the semi-truck driver did not sustain any injuries in the wreck.
Police say no charges have been filed and that the investigation is still ongoing.
Trucking Accident Statistics
The following information regarding large truck traffic crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
- In addition, in 2014, an estimated 111,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks.
- An estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes.
- In 2014, 73 percent of people killed in crashes involving large trucks were occupants of other vehicles.