Five-Year-Old Tragically Killed When Cargo Falls from Truck in East St. Louis
EAST ST. LOUIS, IL- Newsweek.com writes that a five-year-old from Texas died in a crash involving a large flatbed truck earlier this week. The reports indicate that the young girl was in the sleeper berth of the truck when it hit a concrete median while crossing the Poplar Street Bridge in East St. Louis.*
The crash happened in the early morning hours. The impact caused a piece of aluminum weighing approximately 34,000 pounds to come loose and strike the rear of the vehicle. The loose metal led to the truck flipping over.
The child, who has not yet been identified, was ejected in the accident. Responders brought the girl to the hospital, where she died from the injuries she sustained in the crash.
A 44-year-old woman was driving the truck at the time, and two teenage boys were also in the vehicle when the incident took place.
Police are still investigating the crash, which shut down several lanes during the morning commute.
According to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), deadly accidents involving large trucks have gone up in recent years by about twelve percent. Texas takes the lead for large truck fatalities, with 621 reported truck accident deaths in 2017. California, Florida, and Georgia follow Texas in truck-related fatalities.
The rise in truck accident deaths comes as other types of vehicle collisions have been dropping. Across the country, the NHTSA reported a decline in vehicle collision-related fatalities in 2018. The NHTSA has stated that improved safety technology in passenger vehicles has likely led to the drop in deadly car crashes. Pedestrians and cyclists, however, have been dying in larger numbers each year.
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