Truck Driver Texting before Fatal Accident
A Lancaster truck driver is facing criminal charges after authorities determined he was texting seconds before his tractor-trailer barreled into multiple vehicles along Interstate 81.
About the Fatal Trucking Accident
- State police allege that Muniru Iddress, 30, was sending text messages moments before causing a four-vehicle crash that left George and Kathleen Weed dead.
- According to the Sentinel, Iddress told police that he was traveling north on Interstate 81 in Silver Spring Township at a speed of roughly 55 mph before the collision.
- Iddress truck slammed into the back of the Weeds’ Tahoe, which was stopped in traffic, sending it into the back of the vehicle ahead of it.
- After obtaining a search warrant for Iddress’ cell phone records, police discovered four separate text messages were sent in the moments leading up to the accident.
- Arraigned on Thursday, Iddress is now facing two counts of homicide by vehicle, two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of reckless endangerment.
Trucking Accident Statistics
- According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 3,341 fatal large truck accidents in 2011 resulting in 3,757 deaths.
- This marked an increase from the previous 2010 when 3,271 fatal trucking accidents were recorded, killing 3,686 people.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 3,328 people were killed in 2012 as the result of distracted driving and estimated 421,000 were injured.
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