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Woman, Young Daughter Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck


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According to KSNT, a woman and her child sustained fatal injuries in a collision with a commercial truck in Junction City, Kansas, on Tuesday morning.

All Three Passengers wore Seatbelts

Police say Jessica Michelle Thompson, 26, drove westbound on Interstate 70 with her children – five-year-old daughter Leah Michelle and six-year-old son Jaydon. The fatal collision occurred at around 10:49 a.m. when a commercial truck traveling eastbound crossed the center dividing line, crashing head-on with the car.

The collision caused both vehicles to drive off the road and into a ditch near mile marker 300.2, according to KSNT.

Jessica and her daughter Leah died in the wreck, reports KSNT. The six-year-old boy received treatment for serious injuries at Wesley Hospital. The truck driver, 42-year-old Steven Johnson, did not sustain any injuries.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, police arrested the truck driver and is held on $250,000 on suspicion of two counts of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence. The Statesman reports that Thompson was bringing her children back to school following a medical appointment that morning.

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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