18-Wheeler Crashes in Trooper’s Patrol Vehicle and then Struck and Tragically Killed Men in Work Zone
MEMPHIS, TN – According to an online news report at fox13memphis.com, the Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that an 18-wheeler drove towards a road crew, slammed into a trooper’s patrol vehicle, and then struck and killed men who were working in a work zone.*
The driver of the truck, as well as the state trooper, sustained injuries in the crash. Their current condition is not known at this time.
The crash is currently under investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the case is being handled by the Shelby County District Attorney DUI unit.
State law requires motorists to slow down in a work zone.
"Everybody should be aware and practicing the move over law. It applies to our vehicles, emergency vehicles, to any vehicles," said a sergeant with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Pursuant to state statistics from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) regarding work zone accidents, the number of crashes has decreased when you compare nine months of 2019 to all of 2018. TDOT reports that over the past five years, there were over 14,000 crashes, 83 deaths, and over 5,400 injuries associated with work zones.
The above-described crash is the 9thfatal work zone-related accident since January of 2019.
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