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Three Killed in Head-on Crash with Tractor-trailer


semi-truck driving head-on toward man in car at an intersection

According to WVIR, three people were fatally injured in a wreck after being hit by a semi head-on in Fluvanna County, Virginia, on Monday morning.

About the 18-wheeler Accident

The fatal accident occurred on Route 15 near mile marker 99 at around 9:00 a.m. local time. Officials say a car with three elderly passengers was traveling northbound when it was struck by a tractor-trailer head-on. The tractor-trailer, loaded with sand, crossed over the center dividing line before hitting the car and overturning.

The driver of the car, 69-year-old Roderick V. Manifold, died at the scene of the accident. His two passengers, 69-year-old Demetria B. Manifold, his wife, and 91-year-old Marion J. Brewer, his mother-in-law, also succumbed to injuries sustained in the truck crash. WVIR reports that all three were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.

According to WVIR, the tractor-trailer driver was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Franklin L. Rowe, 51, was charged with reckless driving. Officials say additional charges are pending.

Trucking Accident Statistics

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

  • In 2014, there were 3,903 traffic fatalities in crashes involving large trucks.
    • Large trucks accounted for eight percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.
  • 111,000 people sustained injuries in accidents involving large trucks in 2014.
    • Occupants of other vehicles made up 74 percent of the people injured in these accidents.

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