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Truck Driver Charged in Crash that Killed Williamston Woman


Chad Henderson, 50, of Layton, Utah has been charged with aggravated homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault and battery following a Rawlins trucking accident that left a woman dead and a man injured.

Truck Driver Was Reaching for Candy When Crash Occurred

According to WYFF, the crash occurred Sunday on Interstate 80 in south-central Wyoming.

Ashley Michelle Mathews, 26, and Christopher Albert Burton, 30, were stopped on the shoulder of the interstate due problems with their pickup. Their vehicle was then struck from behind by an 18-wheeler driven by Henderson.

Mathews died from her injuries on Monday, and Burton suffered a fractured vertebra.

Henderson told authorities that he took his eyes of the road to reach for a piece of candy, and drifted onto the shoulder. He was charged Wednesday with aggravated homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault and battery.

National 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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