Everyone should pay attention to traffic conditions and posted signs, but motorists driving large tractor trailers need to be extra careful because of the damage their trucks can cause. When a tractor trailer driver fails to heed normal traffic safety procedures, he or she can injure or kill many people, including him or herself. Jasper County, Indiana, is learning just how important it is to pay attention while driving after a semi truck caused a three car crash that killed two.
On highway I-65, a Manchester, Tennessee, truck driver was pulling a flat bed trailer when he failed to notice that traffic had slowed or stopped. The added traffic was due to construction and bridge painting and the fact that the highway was only a single lane. As the driver quickly approached the box trailer in front of him, he did not brake and slammed into the truck. The speed limit had been reduced to 45 miles per hour because of the construction, but it is unclear at what speed the Tennessee driver was driving.
According to WANE, the speed and severity of the impact caused the driver and his passenger, also of Manchester, Tennessee, to die immediately. Other sources report that the man had been wearing his seat belt, but the he was unable to survive the injuries sustained in the impact. His female passenger had been unrestrained in the sleeping berth.
The semi-truck that was hit was pushed forward by the impact and struck two bow trailers in front of him. These trailers were also being pulled by a semi truck. It has been reported that the other drivers were wearing their seat belts and were not injured in the accidents.
Indiana State Police are investigating the cause of the crash, but sources have said they do not suspect drugs or alcohol were involved. Regardless of the cause of the crash, the accident ended up closing the busy I-65 for nearly eight and a half hours.