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Smoking Pickup Truck Causes Crash Involving Two 18-Wheelers, Box Truck

speeding semi-truck on highway

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, a pickup truck hauling a large generator started to emit heavy smoke, causing crashes involving several vehicles including two 18-wheelers on a Wisconsin interstate.

Details of the Multi-Vehicle Wreck

The diesel pickup truck’s turbo blew out, causing the massive plumes of smoke on Interstate 90/94 east of Mauston on Wednesday morning. An 18-wheeler behind the pickup truck started to slow due to the hindered view caused by the smoke.

The crash occurred after a box truck behind the semi did not slow down, crashing into the 18-wheeler. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the box truck’s engine smashed into the cab, pinning the driver and passenger inside. The passenger received treatment for injuries at a local hospital before being taken to UW Hospital in Madison via medical helicopter.

The driver of the box truck sustained minor injuries in the wreck, reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

Following the crash between the semi-truck and the box truck, a car swerved to avoid a collision with the wreckage now blocking the westbound lanes. However, another 18-wheeler could not avoid the swerving car, causing it to flip over onto its side and roll into a roadside ditch.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, nobody in the second semi-truck or the car suffered from injuries.

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 – a 2 percent decrease from 2013.
  • Seventy-nine percent of people who died in large-truck crashes were occupants of the other vehicles.
  • In addition, 74 percent of the people injured in large-truck crashes were occupants of the other vehicles.
  • An estimated 111,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.

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