On April 30, 2016, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Ashley Dancer, 26, pulled over onto the shoulder of eastbound I-20 to assist Jamia Ransome, 27, who had a flat tire. Ms. Dancer was sitting on the shoulder between the two vehicles and Ms. Ransome was sitting on her GMC Yukon, when a tractor-trailer veered off the interstate and struck the Explorer. The impact caused the Explorer to strike Ms. Dancer and the Yukon.
Ashley Dancer was fatally injured in the crash. Jamia Ransome was transported to University of Mississippi Medical Center for treatment of injuries.
The truck driver was also injured and transported to the medical center for treatment. The crash is under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Truck driver fatigue has been recognized as a major safety concern and a contributing factor to fatal truck crashes for over 70 years. Studies sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reveal that 65% of truck drivers report that they often or sometimes feel drowsy while driving and nearly half of truck drivers admit that they had actually fallen asleep while driving in the previous year.