On April 4, 2016 at approximately 4:35 a.m., three adults traveling on Military Highway in a van pulled over to the side of the freeway to change a flat tire when a large dump crashed into them. One adult, identified as Lorena Kelly, died at the scene and the other two adults were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The truck driver of the dump truck was also taken to the hospital, but with minor injuries. The accident is under investigation.
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.