Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: May 24 – May 31
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DallasNews.com reports that a tractor-trailer rear-ended a passenger vehicle on the LBJ Freeway in Balch Springs, Texas, killing the 57-year-old female driver of that vehicle. The Dallas resident was pulling her Ford Thunderbird back onto the freeway after she had stopped on the shoulder and changed a flat. While police do not expect to charge the driver of the tractor-trailer, the truck accident is still under investigation.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal.com reports that a tractor-trailer rear-ended a SUV on I-95 at the State Road 44 interchange near New Smyrna Beach, Florida, causing the SUV to flip onto its roof, and killing the 60-year-old driver. A passenger in the SUV was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. Investigators report that skid marks from hard braking were visible on the roadway leading up to the area of the truck crash and that charges against the driver of the tractor-trailer are pending.
StarTribune.com reports that a pair of semi-trailer trucks and two passenger vehicles collided on I-35 near Lakeville, Minnesota, killing one driver instantly and causing the death of a second after that victim had been airlifted to a local hospital. Rescue crews responding to the truck crash struggled through swarms of bees to get to victims. The bees were being carted by one of the semi-trailer trucks involved in the wreck and were released upon impact. Fire crews were using pressurized water to control the approximately 17 million bees carried on the truck. Though early investigative work has been hindered by the difficulty of working while under attack from the bees, investigators believe that one of the semi-trailer trucks crushed into the two passenger vehicles from behind while they were stopped for road construction and pushed them into the tractor-trailer truck carrying the bees. Minnesota State Patrolmen stated that the trailing tractor-trailer truck was probably travelling at a “pretty high” speed. The driver of that tractor-trailer truck has had several driving violations, including one involving drunken driving, according to state court records.