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Motorcyclist in Critical Condition Following Trucking Accident

adriana_trevino1 year ago

A motorcyclist miraculously survived a terrifying collision with an 18-wheeler on August 7, Slidell, Louisiana.

Details of the Slidell Trucking Accident

According to The Times-Picayune, the motorcyclist was struck, crashed, and dragged when a tractor-trailer slammed into him at the intersection of Boulevard West and Carnation Street. Video of the collision shows the man idling on his bike when the semi makes a right turn, driving straight into the motorcyclists.

By the time authorities arrived, they found the unidentified motorcyclist lying on the side of the road next to a downed electrical line. The man’s motorcycle was smashed and pinned under the weight of the semi which had careened into a ditch.

Astonishingly, the motorcyclist survived the accident, though he has been hospitalized with critical injuries.

The truck driver, Timothy Duimstra, 56, is suspected of driving the tractor-trailer while under the influence of both drugs and alcohol. Authorities believe Duimstra most likely passed out behind the wheel preceding the violent crash.

Duimstra has been arrested on several counts, including reckless operation of a vehicle, driving while intoxicated, and first degree neglect injury.

After reviewing the video of the incident, the Slidell Police Department posted on through social media that “miracles really do exist.”

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,921 people were killed in the 77,000 trucking accidents that occurred in 2012.
  • This marks a 4-percent increase from 2011 when 3,781 trucking fatalities were recorded.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2012:
    • 697 were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles
    • 381 were non-occupants including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • An additional 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2012 – up from 88,000 in 2011.

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