On May 3, 2016, at approximately 6:40 a.m., Daniel Childress, 34, was riding his motorcycle eastbound on U.S. Highway 412, when a tractor-trailer pulled into his path as the truck driver attempted to turn onto the highway from 305th East Avenue. The motorcycle crashed into the semi’s fuel tank. Mr. Childress was pronounced dead at the scene.
The truck driver was not injured. The crash is under investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
The current federal weight limit for a large interstate truck is 80,000 pounds, but for some states, there are exemptions and permits allowing even heavier trucks to travel on our roadways. Bigger, heavier trucks are more likely to be in a crash, more likely to cause damage to our roads and bridges, and more likely to result in an injury or death.