Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: August 24 – August 30

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TheDailySound.com reports that three people including a child were killed when a big rig lost control coming off Highway 154 in Santa Barbara and slammed into the home where they were sleeping. The driver of the gravel-filled tractor-trailer managed to avoid a restaurant and a hotel but then rear-ended two cars before dropping 15 feet down an embankment before hitting the residence. The truck wreck, which happened just before 7am on Tuesday, August 24, also took out the neighborhood’s power and caused a gas leak.  A neighbor said, “It sounded like a train accident. There were no braking sounds, no resistance.”

TheNews-Messenger.com reports that a tractor-trailer hit and killed a pedestrian just after 1am on Thursday, August 26, in Milan Township, Ohio.  The big rig was heading north on US 250 near Mason Road. The pedestrian was declared dead at the scene.

Herald-Mail.com reports that a dump truck backed over a woman and killed her as she sat on her motorcycle. Having missed his turn into a construction site, the driver stopped, checked his mirrors, saw nothing, and then backed up. The woman, 48, who’d apparently been waiting for the truck to move, died as it crushed her. The truck accident happened at 7:32am on Thursday, August 26, in the 200 block of Commerce Avenue in Antrim Township, Pennsylvania.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a trailer-less semi hit and mortally injured a bicyclist riding to work on Friday, August 27. The accident happened just before 6am as the truck was turning right onto westbound 2100 South. When the cyclist crossed the intersection, also heading west, the truck driver apparently didn’t see him — but later reported he’d felt an impact. Yet he dragged the cyclist about 130 feet before stopping to investigate. The cyclist, 47, was severely injured and died in the hospital later that day, leaving a wife, eight children, and two grandchildren.

MyFoxPhoenix.com reports that a big rig hit and seriously injured a motorcyclist, then sped off about 8pm Friday, August 27.  The truck accident happened in the 1700 block of NW Grand Avenue in Phoenix. Two other motorcyclists at the scene were not hurt. The driver returned to the scene later, saying he hadn’t realized there had been an accident until he stopped to unload his cargo.

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