Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: November 30 – December 6
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CBSNewYork.com reports that the driver of a landscaping company dump truck lost control and crashed head-on into a Mercedes, killing an elderly man and severely injuring his wife. The dump-truck driver, whom investigators said was under the influence of alcohol, was drag-racing another landscaping truck when he crossed the center line. A bottle of vodka was found in the truck. Police are still searching for the other truck driver, who fled. This fatal truck accident happened on Monday, November 29, on Jericho Turnpike in Syosset, New York.
MSNBC.com reports that a Greyhound bus driver was severely injured and at least 18 of his 21 passengers were hurt when the New York-bound bus rear-ended a logging truck on I-95 near St. George, South Carolina. Rescuers took several hours to free the bus driver, who was pinned by fallen logs. The logging truck driver was not hurt, and the accident is still being investigated. This truck accident happened on Tuesday, November 30, around 6 p.m.
City News Service reports that a motorist died in a crash involving a catering truck that was speeding on the eastbound I-10 in California’s San Gorgonio Pass near Indio on the evening of Wednesday, December 1. According to a CHP dispatcher, the fatal truck wreck took place near Haugen Lamen Way. It was the second of two in the pass that day. Earlier that afternoon, a fatal big-rig accident on the westbound I-10, about three miles from the later crash, snarled traffic until almost 10 p.m.
TheMonitor.com reports that two truck drivers were killed in a fiery head-on crash on Highway 16 south of Hebbronville, Texas. Both tractor-trailers were carrying petroleum products and caught fire when they collided. Police said it was unclear why the big rigs crashed. This fatal truck accident happened around 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 2. Part of the highway remained closed until the next morning as clean-up crews handled the spill.
Reuters.com reports that three children were critically injured and both drivers were hurt when an 18-wheeler hit a school bus in southern Louisiana on Friday, December 3. Emergency workers also evacuated 18 other kids. The truck accident happened on U.S. route 190, between Opelousas and Port Barre, as children were boarding the bus. Police said the bus driver had the red lights and stop sign activated when the big rig struck. It was unknown whether the truck driver was exceeding the speed limit.
NorthlandNewsCenter.com reports that a big rig rolled over and killed the driver of a passenger car while heading westbound on Highway 2 in Proctor, Minnesota. State patrol officers were still investigating how the semi-truck driver, who had minor injuries, rolled his 18-wheeler onto its side and caused this fatal truck accident on Sunday, December 5.