On May 11, 2016, at approximately 11:50 p.m., a semi-truck driver was driving northbound on highway 49 when he came upon traffic stopped at an intersection. He attempted to avoid striking a vehicle, but struck the back of one, which caused a chain reaction collision.
Four occupants of other vehicles were injured in the crash. They are Ashley Bryan, 23, Cynthia Croft, 53, Alexandra Weiser, 20, Hummad Tasneem, 24, and Hannah Streeter, 19. All five were transported to hospitals for treatment.
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.