One Man Killed in Mo. Tractor-Trailer Accident
About the Deadly Tractor-trailer Accident
Emergency crews were called to the scene of a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 63 just west of West Plains around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Initial reports indicate a 2004 Volvo tractor-trailer, driven by David Harper, 46, was towing two other trailers when the vehicle ran off the road. Harper was trying to right the vehicles and crossed the center line when he was struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer. The semi which struck Harper was a 2014 Peterbilt driven by Jerry Cooper, 51.
Missouri State Highway Patrol, Howell County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments, South Howell County Admbulance, MoDOT, and the Howell County Coroner responded to the accident. Harper was pronounced dead at the scene. Cooper was taken to an area hospital with moderate injuries.
Debris from the wreck was scattered for about 50 feet around two vehicles.
Missouri Traffic Accident Statistics
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) estimates a total of 142,966 traffic crashes statewide in 2011. Those crashes resulted in a total of 786 fatalities and 51,060 injuries. On average, this means a person was injured every 10.3 minutes and someone was killed every 11.1 hours.
MoDOT also notes that drinking was a “significant contributing factor” to serious traffic crashes. In 26.8% of fatal crashes, alcohol was a factor.