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Pedestrian Struck by 18-Wheeler in St. Louis

Sarah Kim3 years ago

According to a local St. Louis news source, a pedestrian was struck and killed Tuesday morning by a 18-wheeler traveling westbound on Interstate 270 near the West Florissant overpass early Tuesday.

About the St. Louis Trucking Accident

St. Louis County Police responded to the accident around 2:30 am. Authorities are not yet sure how the accident occurred, and the name of the individual has not yet been released.

It appears the 35-year-old man was trying to cross Interstate 270 in north St. Louis County when he was struck by the tractor-trailer. He was pronounced dead on at the scene.

The driver of the semi that struck the individual is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

After the authorities arrived, all of all of westbound I-270 was shut down. Traffic was rerouted at New Halls Ferry Road.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured.
  • Pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2011, totaling 4,432 deaths
Those At Risk

Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

  • Older adults – Pedestrians ages 65 and older accounted for 19% of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 11% of all pedestrians injured in 2010.
  • Children – In 2010, nearly one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian.
  • Drivers and pedestrians who are alcohol-impaired – Alcohol-impairment—either for the driver or for the pedestrian—was reported in 47% of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian death. Of the pedestrians involved, 33% had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of greater than or equal to .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL).
Pedestrian Safety Tips

Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

  • Pedestrians should increase their visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearing retro-reflective clothing.
  • Whenever possible, pedestrians should cross the street at a designated crosswalk.
  • It is much safer to walk on a sidewalk, but if pedestrians must walk in the street, they should walk facing traffic.

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