Durham, NC – In June, the driver of a tractor-trailer was traveling westbound on Interstate 40 when he lost control of his vehicle. It then veered across three lanes and hit a dump truck, causing it to overturn and strike a 1-800-Got-Junk truck. An SUV and a blue sedan were also involved in the chain-reaction accident, which thankfully did not result in any serious injuries.
Police said the crash was triggered by a couch that fell off the back of a pickup truck – not involved in the collision – which caused the tractor-trailer driver to take evasive action to avoid the sofa.
Police cited the driver of the pickup truck for not securing his load, and said that the driver of the tractor-trailer lost $20 million worth of insulin that he was carrying because the truck’s cooling system failed after the accident.
Vacaville, CA – In July, two tractor-trailers were involved in an accident in the westbound lanes of I-80.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident occurred about 4 a.m. when one of the big rigs, which was parked to the side of the freeway was hit by a second big rig. Both commercial trucks overturned upon impact, causing massive delays in morning traffic.
Sgt. Steven Lott of the CHP said, “No, they were not sleeping on the side of the road,” referring to the tractor-trailer that was parked off-road. “They stopped momentarily, for what reasons, they are still under investigation.”
He added that the drivers in both trucks suffered minor injuries, and that it was only by luck that they were not killed in the accident.
Both tractor-trailers sustained severe damage, and the contents being carried by the second truck – scrap metal – spilled all over the freeway, which required a massive cleanup effort.
Lompoc, CA – In August, the driver of a box truck lost control of his vehicle, swerved across a highway and struck a semi-trailer – driven by Fred L. Williams – causing an accident that shut traffic down for hours.
CHP said the truck-on-truck accident occurred on Highway 1, and that the driver of the box truck – Juan M. Rivera – was driving northbound when his vehicle crossed the double yellow lines into the southbound lane.
The head-on collision caused injuries to Rivera, Williams, and William’s brother Anthony, all whom were taken to a local hospital for varying injuries.
CHP is still investigating the accident, but a spokesperson said that drugs, nor alcohol, were a factor, and that investigators were focused on possible driver error and/or driver inattention as the primary cause of the accident.