Truck drivers are accustomed to driving long hours and in all types of road conditions. Truckers are also used to navigating through challenging driving environments including road construction sites. When coming upon a construction work zone, truck drivers, along with all drivers, are often cautioned to slow down and be prepared to make sudden stops. A truck driver who failed to heed this advice was recently involved in a multiple-vehicle accident in which one man died.
The accident occurred around 9:20 a.m. as the semi was navigating through a road construction work zone. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, a 50-year-old truck driver crashed into the back of another semi truck that had slowed and stopped due to the road construction.
The impact of the crash, caused the semi truck that was struck to travel forward and into the rear of a SUV driven by a 46-year-old man. The man suffered serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. The SUV then continued forward and crashed into the back of yet another semi-truck.
A 73-year-old driver who was following the semi that caused the accident, crashed his pickup truck into the back of the semi. A 51-year-old front seat passenger sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced death at the accident scene. Another 18-year-old passenger in the pickup truck also suffered injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
This type of chain reaction accident often occurs when drivers are distracted or driving too fast. In this case, the truck driver who caused this accident may face both criminal and civil charges related to his role in this fatal truck accident.
Source: The News Messenger, "One dead after Ohio Turnpike crash near Fremont," Kristina Smith, Sep. 18, 2013