Truck Driver Facing Charges for Tragic Crash on Route 222 in Pennsylvania, (PA)
PENNSYLVANIA- Lancasteronline.com writes that a tragic collision took place on Route 222 that left one person dead. A truck driver is now facing charges in relation to the incident. According to reports, the trucker who caused the accident was speeding, and following the wreck, he could not say whether he fell asleep or passed out prior to the deadly collision.*
The charges against the truck driver, who was identified as a 55-year-old-man from Palm Coast, Florida, include homicide by vehicle, as well as several other lesser charges.
The driver also relayed that he did not regularly drive overnight, which it appears he had done on the day of the collision.
The fatal event occurred in the morning when the truck driver failed to slow his massive vehicle as it approached a construction zone. The victim was in a passenger car that was traveling slowly through the one-lane construction area. The semi collided with the back of the car, killing the 57-year-old, who was from Reading.
The truck then struck a Dodge Caravan, and a Ford F-150. The impact injured a five-year-old child.
Large trucks are often involved in deadly crashes. In fact, truck collisions lead to thousands of deaths every year. In most cases, the individuals who are killed in truck crashes are not the people in the trucks, but rather are the individuals in other cars with which the trucks collide.
Not only are trucks dangerous because they are larger than other vehicles on the road, but they are also driven by individuals who are often pressured to spend long hours behind the wheel. Regulations permit truck drivers to travel for up to elven hours at a time. As a result, truck driver fatigue is a very real problem impacting these drivers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety writes that truck drivers are about two times as likely to be in an accident when they have spent more than eight hours driving.
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