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Two Die in Fatal Tractor-Trailer Crash

Katie Chapman3 years ago

According to the Mail Tribune, two men were killed Sunday night near Canyonville, Oregon after a tractor-trailer crashed into a disabled commercial truck parked on the shoulder of the road.

About the Oregon Trucking Accident

William Marion Steinbrook, 54, and Adam Wade Pennington, 43, were pronounced dead at the scene Sunday, following a tractor-trailer collision along Interstate 5.

The impact of the crash caused Steinbrook to be pinned between his pickup and the disabled commercial truck, while Pennington was in the sleeper berth of the tractor-trailer that slammed into the back of the disabled truck.

William Dean Pennicks, 56, was behind the wheel of a 2013 International truck pulling an Auto Zone semitrailer when he crested up a hill driving in the right lane and crossed the fog line for an unknown reason and crashed into the disabled commercial truck.

Pennicks received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries at Mercy Medical Center after he was transported there by Glendale Ambulance.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 317,000 large trucks were involved in traffic collision in 2012, which resulted in the deaths of 3,921 people and the injury of an additional 104,000 people.
  • These numbers are consistent with previous findings by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration which have found that trucking accidents have been steadily rising since 2009 when 3,380 deaths and 74,000 injuries were reported.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2012, 73 percent, 2,843, were occupants of other vehicles and 10 percent, 381, were non-occupants such as pedestrians and bicyclists.


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