Crash on Interstate 20 in Mississippi Kills Husband and Wife
FRANKLINTON, GA- Era-leader.com writes that a couple from the Franklinton-area died in a crash with a semi-truck. The victims, ages 35 and 40, were traveling to visit the husband’s father, who was in the hospital in Georgia. The husband’s father died in the hospital within days of the tragic crash. The couple had five children.*
The collision occurred later in the evening. Reports did not include information regarding the truck driver’s condition.
The Mississippi Highway is continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.
Accidents involving large trucks increased last year even though traffic-related fatalities dropped overall. It is important to realize the risks that these massive vehicles present to other drivers on the road. Trucks are difficult to maneuver and require more time to stop than smaller vehicles. The difference between the time it takes a car to stop, and the time it takes a truck to stop increases with things like bad weather, which makes vehicles slide on the pavement. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a truck driving at 65 miles per hour will need a distance about equal to two football fields to come to a complete stop.
Because stopping these large vehicles requires so much time, it is vital that drivers in smaller vehicles give enough space on the road to semis. Never cut off a truck or stop short in front of one. Even an attentive truck driver may be powerless to avoid hitting a car that enters their path and comes to a quick stop. Truck drivers should be cautious about their speed as well.
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Sources:https://www.era-leader.com/front-page-slideshow/local-couple-killed-mississippi-accident#sthash.T8MZ6jQT.b4rnoXjM.dpbs and https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ourroads/long-stopping-distances
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