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Three Killed in Indiana Dump Truck Crash


Three people are dead and at least one person is injured following a head-on collision involving a dump truck in Boone Township, Indiana.

Details of the Boone Township Dump Truck Accident

According to the Chicago Tribune, the fatal crash occurred at 319 W. Indiana 8 around 4:14 pm Tuesday.

Police say the accident occurred when a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer tried to avoid rear-ending a vehicle stopped for traffic in the eastbound lanes and veered into the westbound lane. The SUV was struck by an oncoming dump truck.

Amber Fitzgerald, 45, Bonnie Sowles, 68, and Hannah Cullen, 7, were all pronounced dead the scene. All were occupants of the Mountaineer. A fourth passenger, a 15-year-old girl, transported to Franciscan Health Crown Point before being airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center.

The accident remains under investigation.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents result in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

 

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