One Killed, One Critically Injured in Collision with Dump Truck
About the Fatal Dump Truck Crash
The accident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday on the 210 Freeway near Fruit Street. A Lexus sedan was parked on the shoulder of the freeway when a dump truck swerved and rear-ended the vehicle.
The impact of the crash caused a man in the Lexus to be ejected from the vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A second vehicle occupant was taken by helicopter to County-USC Medical Center in critical condition. The identities of both victims have not been released.
California Highway Patrol told reporters that the driver of the dump truck was uninjured in the collision.
Large Truck Accident Statistics
Approximately 333,000 large trucks – those with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds – were involved in traffic crashes in 2012, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Those crashes resulted in 3,921 fatalities and 104,000 injuries and represented a 4 percent increase in fatal accidents related to large trucks from the previous year. Large truck-related injuries rose 18 percent from 2011.
NHTSA notes that 78 percent of fatal large truck crashes occurred on weekdays. About 72 percent of those weekday crashes occurred during the daytime hours of 6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.