Memorial Planned for Military Family Killed in Trucking Accident
Details of the Fatal Trucking Accident
According to reports, a tractor-trailer crossed into oncoming traffic on Interstate 40 in north Texas hitting the family's vehicle. The incident occurred around 7:15 pm Sunday.
Victims of the accident included Sgt. Brandon Cummings, his wife Vanessa, and their 10-month-old son. They were residents Lakewood, Washington.
The driver of the tractor-trailer that killed them was Jorge Alberto Contreras.
Cummings had previously served in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was a military police officer assigned to JBLM's 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command.
Vanessa Cummings was a military veteran.
Trucking Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012, marking a 4-percent increase from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
- Of those killed in trucking accidents:
- An additional 104,000 people were injured in auto accidents up 18 percent from the 88,000 injuries recorded in 2011.