According to multple media outlets, three people died and seven others sustained injuries after a pickup truck crashed into the rear of a Halloween hayride.
Cause of Crash Unknown
A Jeep pulling a flatbed trailer full of hay, kids in costume, and parents drove along Highway 80 in Chunky, Mississippi on Monday night.
The collision killed three people, a mother and her 2-year-old and 8-year-old daughters, according to multiple media sources. According to the Washington Post, two of the victims died at the scene of the crash and the third succumbed to injuries waiting for emergency crews.
Three helicopters and several ambulances arrived at the scene to assist with the injured riders. Some of the victims suffered potentially life-threatening injuries. The drivers of the pickup truck and the Jeep hauling the trailer did not sustain injuries in the crash.
The identities of the victims have not been released. The Washington Post reports that the total number of injured occupants is unclear at this time.
Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics
The following statistics regarding motor vehicle crashes are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Motor vehicle fatalities increased by 7.2 percent from 2014 to 2015.
- This is the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years.
- A total of 35,092 people died on the roadways in 2015.
- The total number of police-reported traffic crashes increased by 3.8 percent from 2014 to 2015.
- The number of people injured in motor vehicle crashes increased by 4.5 percent from 2014 to 2015.
- Over 2.4 million people sustained injuries on the roadways in 2015.