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Tire Blowout Blamed for Clinton Trucking Accident

Demetria Ratchford2 years ago

Authorities suspect that a tire blowout is to blame for a fatal trucking accident that left two people dead and 21 injured last Monday.

About the Fatal Arkansas Accident

According to KARK-TV, two people were killed and 21 people were injured in Clinton, Arkansas last week after a truck reportedly lost its brakes, flipped over, and spilled logs onto a bridge construction site.

One worker, Hubert Keith Moore, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while another, Ricardo Trochez Atkins, died shortly after being taken to the hospital.

While investigations are ongoing, State Police claim that earlier accounts of the truck’s brakes failing were incorrect.

A preliminary report issued by police suggests that the trailer’s left-rear tire blew out, causing the truck to lose control.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  •  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012 – up 4 percent from 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Another 104,000 people suffered injuries in connection to trucking accidents, marking an 18 percent increase from 88,000 in 2011.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2012:
    • 697 (18 percent) were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,843 (73 percent) were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 381 (10 percent) were non-occupants including pedestrians and pedalcyclists
  • Trucking accidents occurred most often on weekdays during the daytime hours between 6 am and 5:59 pm.

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