Three fatal truck accidents draw national attention

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

Three fatal truck accidents draw national attention

By Jill Dunn

Three headline-making fatal truck accidents occurred in a 15-hour period this week, killing 19 people, though one accident may have been caused by a four-wheeler.

A wreck Jan. 25 killed seven children in Florida. A few hours later in Illinois, a wreck killed two adults and three children, plus the driver of the big rig. The next morning, a wreck killed six people in Texas.

The first accident took place four miles south of Lake Butler, Fla., at 3:40 p.m. Jan. 25, when a truck crashed into a car idling behind an unloading Union County school bus on SR 121, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Alvin Wilkerson, a driver for Crete Carrier Corp., was driving at least the speed limit