Truck Crash News: Failure to Yield, Head-On Collision, Tire Blowout

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This week several people were injured and killed in accidents involving large commercial trucks. Our truck accident lawyers urge commercial drivers to be attentive and not drive while fatigued.

Semi Truck Failure to Yield Injures Kentucky Man

Kentucky State Police officers are investigating a highway semi truck crash that sent a Kentucky car driver to the hospital via Air Evac helicopter. News reports said Garrett Dossett of Gilbertsville, Kentucky, suffered life-threatening injuries after his Pontiac Vibe was hit by a Freightliner tractor trailer in May 2017.

Three separate news agencies quoted the police agency as saying the semi-truck failed to yield to the smaller vehicle when it was making a left-hand turn. Anyone with information about this failure-to-yield case is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 in Mayfield.

Mr. Dossett, who is 28 years old, was traveling west on Highway 62 approaching the ramp intersection to Interstate 24 when the 18-wheeler turned into his path in broad daylight, according to reports. Troopers said that he was wearing his seat belt, but had to be flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Not injured was the 56-year-old Kentucky truck driver involved in the crash.

This failure-to-yield semi truck crash drew many first responders, including officers and technicians from the Marshall County Sheriff Department, Calvert City Police, Livingston County Ambulance, Marshall County Ambulance, fire department crews from Calvert City and Palma-Briensburg and a flight crew from Air Evac.

Three Killed in Head-On Collision in Colorado

Three people were killed in a head-on collision involving 3 trucks on Highway 287 in Colorado, near Campo. The crash happened early in the morning at about 2:30 a.m. The first semi was traveling southbound when it moved into the northbound lane and collided head-on with a tractor-flatbed combination. A third tractor-trailer that was traveling northbound went off of the road and hit a fence.

Tire Blowout Possible Cause of Crash

On May 22, two semi-tractors and a passenger vehicle crashed on Interstate 10 west of Tucson. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a driver of a westbound commercial rig lost control when a tire failed. The semitrailer rolled as it hit the dirt median and slid into the eastbound lanes. It hit another a tanker head on, and a fire erupted. The driver of the tanker suffered severe head injuries and was transported to the hospital via medical helicopter. Two people in the passenger vehicle were also injured. They were transported by ambulance.

Big Rig Crashes into Indiana Department of Transportation Mowing Crew

Two workers on an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) mowing crew were injured when a semi truck crashed into an INDOT pickup that then hit an INDOT tractor. Injured in the crash were a 22-year-old man from Dillsboro who was driving the tractor and a 34-year-old man from Versailles who was driving the pickup. According to the state patrol, the driver of the big rig did not slow down or move to the other lane to take evasive action.

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