Truck Driver Dead in Chain Reaction Accident
Details of the Fatal Collision
In a town not far from the Michigan-Ohio border, Erie Township, a chain reaction crash occurred last Friday around 11:30 pm. The crash occurred on northbound I-75 just south of Sterns Road. As a result of the collision, a portion of I-75 in Monroe County was closed overnight for more than eight hours, but was reopened to traffic at 7:00 am on Saturday morning.
According to officials, the driver of a semi-truck, Amarveer Singh Dhugga, 38, came upon traffic that was slowing down. Dhugga, from Ontario, then smashed into another semi-truck that was already at a stop in response to the jammed traffic. The initial semi-truck to semi-truck collision not only ran Dhugga’s semi-truck off of the road, but also caused a chain of collisions to occur. This chain encompassed two passenger vehicles and a third semi-truck. With that, the chain reaction crash caused the semi-truck to burst into flames.
Dhugga was pronounced dead at the scene; no other injuries seem to have been reported.
Although the crash is still under investigation, officials do not think alcohol was involved. Detectives are, however, seeking contact with anyone who may have been witness to the crash. In the event you may have any information, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 734-240-7715.
Michigan Crash Statistics
According to Michigan Traffic Crash Facts:
- In 2014, 298,699 crashes occurred in Michigan, with 806 being fatal, and 52,523 being personal injury.
- Compared to 2013, 2014 showed a 3.3 percent increase in total crashes, a decrease of 8.5 percent in fatal crashes, and a 1.1 percent increase in personal injury crashes.
- In 2014, one out of every 11,313 people in Michigan were killed in a traffic crash; one out of every 139 were injured.
- In 2014, a total of 510,086 motor vehicles were involved in 298,699 reported crashes.
- Of the 876 traffic crash deaths, 540 (61.6%) were drivers of vehicles, 167 (19.1%) were passengers in motor vehicles, 148 (16.9%) were pedestrians, and 21 (2.4%) were bicyclists.
- There were 52 (6.5%) fatal crashes during the 11:00-11:59 PM time period, more than any other time period.
- Heavy trucks/buses comprised 4.3 percent (12,763) of the 298,699 traffic crashes in Michigan in 2014.
- The 12,763 heavy truck/bus-involved crashes is a 18.5 percent increase from the 2013 total of 10,773 crashes
- A total of 13,343 heavy truck/bus drivers were involved in crashes in 2014, with ten of those drivers killed.
- There were 105 people killed and 3,044 people injured in heavy truck/bus crashes in 2014.