Taxi Driver and Passenger Killed in St. Cloud, MN Crash
A semitrailer driver who killed 2 people at a stop light in St. Cloud, Minnesota, is likely to be charged.
A Dodge Caravan used as a taxi was in a southbound lane of Highway 10, waiting at a full stop for a red light at St. Germain Street. A Freightliner semitrailer was also traveling southbound on Highway 10 and, failing to stop, rear ended the Dodge van.
The Dodge van was driven by a 66-year-old man from Sartell, MN, who was working for Elite Taxi. In the back seat were a 22-year-old woman from Big Lake and a 24-year-old woman from New Hope, MN.
The force of the impact resulted in the tragic deaths of the taxi driver and one passenger. The other passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
The truck driver, James Delbert Cockram, a 61-year-old man from Owatonna, MN was not injured. According to the state patrol, there was no evidence that the semi driver took any evasive action before the crash, and charges are likely after the accident reconstruction is complete.
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- Was the semi driver distracted, speeding (going too fast for the conditions), intoxicated or otherwise acting negligently?
- Were there past traffic violations about which the trucking company should have known?
- Was the semi-tractor in good working condition?
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- Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Minnesota
The driver of a 80,000-pound tractor-trailer is charged under the law to act with extreme caution. It appears that did not happen in this case.
20 March, 2017