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Three People, Including an Infant, Injured in Multiple-Vehicle Wreck


18-wheeler truck driving toward driver in car

According to the Bellingham Herald, a flatbed truck slammed into a row of cars at a construction site, causing a chain-reaction wreck and injuring three people, including a three-month-old girl.

Details of the Injury Accident

Police say the accident occurred near Everson Goshen Road at a construction site on Mount Baker Highway at around noon on Monday. Cars lined up waiting for directions from the flagger when a commercial flatbed truck struck the line of cars.

The truck crashed into a minivan at the end of the line of cars, according to the Bellingham Herald. The collision pushed the minivan into an SUV, which struck a car in front of it.

The three occupants in the minivan received treatment at a hospital. A man suffered from a concussion while a woman sustained a broken wrist. The three-month-old girl did not appear to sustain any injuries in the crash but was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The Bellingham Herald reports that the infant was properly restrained inside the minivan.

The driver of the flatbed, 26-year-old Eric Hallas, said that he pressed on the brakes but couldn’t stop before striking the van. Police cited Hallas for negligent driving, reports the Bellingham Herald. Hallas was driving a truck that belonged to Northern Concrete Construction of Bellingham.

None of the occupants in the other vehicles suffered from injuries in the crash. Police are investigating the wreck.

Trucking Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. In addition,

  • An estimated 111,000 people suffered injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 74 percent of the people injured in these accidents were occupants of other vehicles.
    • 23 percent were occupants of large trucks.
  • An estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes during 2014.
  • Seventy-nine percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2014 occurred on weekdays.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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