On April 27, 2016, at approximately 2:17 p.m., Jerry Williams, 43, was driving a farm tractor westbound on U.S. Highway 68 in the right lane. The farm tractor was pulling a trailer loaded with wooden pallets when a large truck also driving westbound struck him from behind.
The truck driver attempted to merge into the left lane when he observed a motorcycle approaching in the left lane, so he had to return to the right lane to avoid hitting the motorcycle. He tried to brake, but was unsuccessful causing him to his hit Mr. Williams from behind.
The truck driver was not injured. The crash is under investigation by the Kentucky State Police.
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.