TDOT Employee Killed in Truck Crash, Hickman County, TN

In 2015, 4,067 people were killed in large truck crashes in the United States

TDOT Employee Killed in Truck Crash, Hickman County, TN

On April 28, 2016, at approximately 9:40 a.m., a worker with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), David Younger, 65, was standing in front of his TDOT vehicle with his co-workers on I-40. Three TDOT vehicles pulled over on the side of the road with their emergency lights activated as they unloaded equipment from one of the vehicles. Mr. Younger was waiting for help to change a flat tire when a tractor-trailer veered off the interstate and struck his vehicle, which then struck him. Mr. Younger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three TDOT employees were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment. The truck driver was also injured. He was also transported for treatment of injuries and has criminal charges pending against him as a result of the crash.

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.

To find more information please visit the website: http://www.trucksafety.org or send an email to info@trucksafety.org  

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One Dead, Two Seriously Injured in a Truck Crash in Kyle, Texas

On April 8, 2016 at approximately 12:00 a.m., three men were driving a pickup truck on the southbound lane of Interstate 35 at Yarrington Road near a construction zone. A tractor-trailer struck the pickup truck from behind causing it to hit another tractor trailer that was in front of it. The pickup caught on fire.

 

Kyle police officers were working security for the construction zone and saw the crash. The officers immediately began to help the three gentlemen trapped in the pickup truck. One person, identified as Nathaniel A. Boado, 33 died at the scene. The two other men, identified as Michael Garcia, 42, and Ivan Trujillo, 24, were transported to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

 

The two truck drivers were not injured. The crash is under investigation by the Kyle Police Department.

 

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.

To find more information please visit the website: http://www.trucksafety.org or send an email to info@trucksafety.org

 

 

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Semi Crashes in Kansas Work Zone

A highway worker was providing traffic control with an arrow board in the back of a pick-up truck when he was struck by the truck. The semi sideswiped the truck and then rolled onto its side. Fortunately, no one was injured in this crash.

We wanted to bring your attention to this crash because it is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Even though large trucks constitute 5 percent of the registered vehicles in the U.S., 30 percent of fatal work zone crashes involve a large truck. Too many work zone crashes occur because the truck driver cannot stop his/her vehicle in time, which is why TSC promotes collision avoidance and automatic braking on large trucks.

Link to Article: http://www.wibw.com/content/news/KDOT-worker-in-truck-struck-by-semi-373929401.html

 

From the Truck Safety Coalition … 1 Killed, 1 Injured in Michigan Work Zone Truck Crash

In Michigan, two road workers were installing a highway sign at 5 p.m when a they were struck by a truck. The big rig crossed the white fog line into the work zone, killing one of the workers and injuring the other. The semi-truck driver was charged with reckless driving causing a death.

It is National Work Zone Awareness Week, and this fatal and injurious crash serves as a grave reminder that more must be done to ensure safety on our roads for the men and women that help fix and build them. Large trucks are involved in 30 percent of all fatal work zone crashes. TSC will continue supporting a federal mandate for forward collision avoidance mitigation braking on large trucks, and continue opposing efforts to allow Double 33s, which have a 22 foot longer stopping distance that existing double (28-foot) tractor trailers.

Link to Article: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2016/02/road_worker_killed_by_reckless.html

 

 

One Year after a Family’s Devastating Truck Crash

SEVEN FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED IN A FIERY CRASH AFTER SUV WAS CRUSHED BETWEEN TWO SEMI-TRUCKS IN INDIANA

One Year after a Family’s Devastating Truck Crash—A Prosecutor Decides not to Press Charges on the Truck Driver Responsible for their Deaths

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 15, 2014) – A family remembers their loved ones one year after a horrific truck crash killed seven members of their family in Jasper County, Indiana. The crash occurred on August 15, 2013, after the family’s SUV was stopped in traffic approaching a work zone and was rear-ended by a semi-truck. The initial impact pushed the SUV into another semi ahead of them. The SUV subsequently burst into flames. The crash took the lives of Lindsey Williams, 27, and her two children, Yazmin Goldman, 5, and Arielle Goldman, 3, Lindsay’s sister Yvette Williams, 35, and her two children, Jamin Osborne, 5, and Jazmin Osborne, 7, and the Williams sisters’ Uncle, Amado Mangual, 49. The truck drivers involved suffered minor injuries. To the dismay of the victims’ family, the Prosecutor has chosen not to press charges on the truck driver that caused this crash. This decision has devastated the family seeking justice for their enormous loss.

Gerald Williams, father of Lindsey and Yvette Williams and grandfather of Yazmin and Arielle Goldman and Jamin and Jazmin Osborne, is shocked by this decision. “As we approach the one year anniversary of the crash, I am astounded that justice will not be served for our family. We lost seven family members in a split second because of the poor decisions of one driver. He should suffer the consequences of those decisions.”

Mr. Williams, who worked as a truck driver for many years, continued, “I have seen many truck and car crashes but I never thought it would happen to our family. My daughter was just going to pick up her kids from a summer vacation with their grandmother so they could return to Georgia for school. It’s a shame you can’t be in a work zone waiting on traffic to move without being rear ended. I’m devastated that there are no charges being filed against this truck driver. It has torn our family apart. I will work hard to see that the laws are changed so this will not happen again. My kids and grandkids loved life and were very smart. I miss their laughter and joy for life.”

Several safety issues contributed to the crash that occurred on I-65. The lack of skid marks on the road indicate that the driver failed to slow down or brake before colliding with the family’s vehicle, and have led the Williams family to speculate that the truck driver was either inattentive or fatigued at the time of the crash. Truck driver fatigue has been an industry-wide health and safety issue for over 70 years and continues to be a major contributor to truck crashes. From 2009 to 2012, truck crash fatalities increased by 16 percent, and truck crash injuries increased by a staggering 40 percent, resulting in 104,000 injuries in 2012. Moreover, a 2006 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) study revealed that 65 percent of truck drivers reported they often or sometimes feel drowsy while driving and nearly half admitted they fell asleep while driving in the previous year.

It is also believed that the semi-truck hit the SUV at Interstate speeds. The truck driver had a list of speeding violations prior to this crash. In fact, the driver had been ticketed for speeding at least five times since 2006. Trucks are over represented in fatal highway crashes and even more so in work zone fatal crashes. Although trucks account for about four percent of registered vehicles, they are involved in 11 percent of fatal highway crashes, and 27 percent of fatal work zone crashes involve at least one truck.

Judith Williams, who lost her daughters, Lindsey and Yvette Williams, grandchildren,  Yazmin and Arielle Goldman and Jamin and Jazmin Osborne, and brother, Amado Mangual, in this crash stated,  “Nothing will ever bring back my family, but I believe this driver should get more than a slap on the wrist. All actions have repercussions. The message we’re sending to other drivers is that it’s okay to speed, to not pay attention, and to drive fatigued. The driver killed seven people I want to make sure no one else ever has to go through the loss and heartache my family and I must live with for the rest of our lives.”

The Truck Safety Coalition (www.trucksafety.org), a partnership between the Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) Foundation and Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT), is dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes, providing compassionate support to truck crash survivors and families of truck crash victims, and educating the public, policy-makers and media about truck safety issues.

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