Logging Truck Accident Kills 2, Injures 19 Workers
About the Fatal Logging Truck Accident
Van Burn County Sheriff Scott Bradley told reporters the accident happened on Monday afternoon on bridge along U.S. 65 in Clinton, Ark. The brakes of a logging truck failed, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The truck drove down an incline on the northern side of the bridge where it overturned and spilled its cargo onto a group of more than two dozen construction workers.
19 workers were taken to area hospitals, including 12 with “major injuries.” Witnesses said injuries ranged from broken legs to severe head lacerations. The identities of the two workers killed have not been released. Emergency crews had to cross rebar rods in order to free the injured workers.
The driver of the truck, identified as Jerry Hickman, sustained minor injuries in the crash.
The construction crew was working on a project to widen the bridge from three lanes to five when the accident happened.
Work Zone Accident Statistics
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates more than 800 workers are killed annually in motor vehicle crashes in work zones. About 16% of those fatalities are non-motorists. On average, about 42,000 people are injured in work zones due to motor vehicle crashes.