According to multiple media sources, a pregnant woman and her baby were killed and five others injured in a multiple-vehicle wreck involving a semi on the highway near Cove Fort, Utah, on Saturday afternoon.
Details of Fatal Trucking Accident
Officials say the crash began with a minor incident involving a snow plow and a car at around noon local time in the northbound lanes of Interstate 15. Traffic slowed down as both vehicles moved to the shoulder of the highway near milepost 140. The fatal crash occurred when a semi failed to slow down and struck a pickup truck in the rear.
Media outlets report that the collision caused the pickup truck to go airborne and land on top of the car in front of it. The Volkswagen car was then sandwiched between the pickup truck and another 18-wheeler in front of it.
Two women were inside the car, according to media sources. A pregnant woman inside the vehicle was initially believed to be dead before being extricated by rescue crews. She was transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo in extremely critical condition. Sadly, the woman and her unborn baby died from injuries sustained in the semi crash.
The pregnant woman’s sister, who was the second passenger, was also taken to the same hospital in poor condition. Media outlets report that three other people involved in the multiple-vehicle crash were taken to Fillmore hospital in conditions ranging from poor to fair. The driver of the semi that caused the crash was taken to a Provo hospital in critical condition.
Officials say it does not appear that the semi-truck driver attempted to stop before the fatal crash occurred. Everyone involved in the incident was wearing seatbelts, reports several media sources.
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 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.