According to a WKBN news report, ten members of the Ohio Army National Guard were seriously injured in a truck accident on June 1, 2014. The accident occurred at the intersection of Route 5 and Route 532 near Newton Falls. The van carrying the soldiers was on its way to Camp Ravenna when it was struck by a tractor-trailer. All passengers were taken to the St. Joseph Hospital, Robinson Memorial Hospital, or Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
The accident is still under investigation. Depending on the circumstances, the truck driver, owner of the truck or trailer, manufacturer of the vehicle, or the shipper of the truck’s cargo may be held liable for damages.
Truck Driving Crashes Increased in 2010
In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported an 8.7 percent increase in the number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks. The increase applied to all occupants—those in the truck itself, those in other vehicles, and those around the accident that were not inside vehicles.
The percentage increase in the number of alcohol-impaired truck drivers also increased by 13 percent, though the NHTSA noted that the actual number of impaired drivers is “a very small percentage of the overall drivers involved in alcohol-impaired crashes.”
The Ohio Department of Public Safety reported a record low in the number of lives lost on the state’s roadways in 2013. Still, over 19,000 crashes involved large trucks, killing 111 and injuring over 2,600.
Truck Driver Runs a Red Light
The Ohio State Patrol reported that on June 1, the driver of a tractor-trailer ran a red light and hit a passenger car, and then the van carrying the National Guard members, causing it to flip onto its side and roll over at least once. All 10 soldiers were taken to the hospital. The passenger car also had two people inside, which were also taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police do not believe that alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash. The truck driver, who was not injured, reportedly stated that he knew the light had turned red, but by then it was too late to stop his vehicle, which was transporting 44,000 pounds of plastic pellets.
Ohio Woman Killed in Previous Truck Accident
Fortunately in this case, all of the victims walked away from the accident. That was not the case in a February 2014 crash, in which a woman was killed when a semi-truck failed to stop in time in a construction zone. She was traveling on Interstate 70 behind a tanker truck with a tractor-trailer behind her, when she slowed down because of a lane closure ahead. The semi did not slow down quickly enough and struck her from behind. Her car was crushed between the two large trucks, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither truck driver was injured.
Because of their weight and size, large trucks can cause significant damage and injuries in a crash.
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