Indiana Truck Driver Killed In Missouri Highway Crash
February 14, 2012
A 57-year-old truck driver from Vincennes, Indiana, was killed yesterday morning in a tragic, two-vehicle accident. According to KSDK 5 News, the crash happened at approximately 7:30 AM on Lake St. Louis Boulevard, near O’Fallon, Missouri.
Reports filed by troopers with the Missouri state police department say that the tractor-trailer was behind and a lane over from a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu while driving down the four-lane highway. They say that the driver of the Malibu was driving too fast for the slick conditions and lost control of the vehicle when he hit an icy patch in the road.
The Malibu then slid in front of the tractor-trailer, which then hit the Malibu from behind and caused the trucker to lose control of the big rig. The Malibu slid off the side of the road and got stuck in a drainage ditch, and the tractor-trailer slammed into a guardrail before hitting a bridge pillar head-on. The driver of the truck was declared dead at the scene, while the driver of the Malibu was uninjured.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, truckers have the second most dangerous job in the nation, accounting for 631 work-related deaths in 2010. This number was up by four percent over 2009.
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