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Truck, Bus Accident Kills Four Near Calif.-Ariz. Border

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

At least four people were killed and 24 injured after a tractor-trailer accident near the border of Calif. and Ariz. early Wednesday morning, according to USA Today.

Details of the Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accident

According to initial reports:

  • The semi was at a border inspection station on I-10 just east of Blythe, Calif. when the truck hit a median strip causing it to jackknife. A load of pipes the truck was carrying spilled across the highway, resulting in accidents in all lanes.
  • A tour bus carrying passengers from El Paso to Los Angeles via Phoenix was either struck by the pipes or swerved to avoid the wreckage, overturned, and went over an embankment. Four passengers of the bus were killed.
  • At least two other vehicles were involved in the accident.
  • At least 24 people were taken by ambulance or airlifted to hospitals.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates 317,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes.
  • Those crashes resulted in 104,000 injuries and 3,921 fatalities.
  • Between 2011 and 2012, accidents involving large trucks increased by 18 percent.
  • Large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes and 3 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and property-damage-only crashes. 


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