Big Rig Accidents in Three States Kill Eight People

Eight people were killed in tractor trailer accident across three state in one day.A total of eight people were killed in four tractor trailer accidents across three states in one day.

In Indiana, two Earlham College students where killed when the car they were riding in crashed head-on into a tractor trailer on Interstate 70 on July 27 near the Centerville rest area.

According to the Richmond Palladium-Item, the students were traveling eastbound on the roadway around 3:30 p.m. when their Toyota Camry veered across the median and hit a truck on the westbound side of the highway, sending the car off the interstate before overturning and landing in a ditch. Both were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department told the news agency that the students have been identified as senior Mark Christianson of Illinois and junior Pema Norbu of Tibet.

The driver of the tractor trailer, Mark Solis of California, was not injured in the collision.

The accident reportedly forced the closure of one lane of the highway for about four hours as emergency crews cleared the wreckage.

Officials said they were continuing to investigate the exact cause of the fatal accident.

Also in Indiana, the driver of an 18-wheeler was killed when his truck ran off the roadway on Interstate 64 westbound in Crawford County overnight on July 27.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that the accident occurred around 1:17 a.m. when the unidentified driver of a Federal Express truck veered off the highway and struck the Wayandotte Cave Road overpass.

The driver was reportedly declared dead at the scene of the crash. A passenger in the truck was also seriously injured in the accident.

The westbound side of the interstate was shut down for more than five hours while crews worked to clear the truck from underneath the overpass.

In New Hampshire, a multi-vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer claimed the life of an unidentified passenger and injured six others on July 27.

The Boston Globe reports that the accident occurred just after 9 p.m. on the northbound side of Interstate 95 in North Hampton when a car being driven by 61-year-old Sylvia Hull of Maine collided with a tractor trailer. The impact of the collision sent both vehicles into the southbound side of the highway, striking a car being driven by 80-year-old Alden Milton of New Hampshire.

A passenger in Hull’s car was reportedly killed. Three people were seriously injured, including one person who was airlifted to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Three other people were reportedly injured in the crash.

The driver of the 18-wheeler has been identified as 51-year-old Robert Goodman of Lewiston, Maine.

The highway was closed in both directions for several hours following the accident.

In Oklahoma, four people were killed and another critically injured when the horse-drawn carriage they were riding in was struck by a semi on State Highway 31 in Pittsburg County on July 27.

According to The Associated Press, the five people were heading eastbound on the highway around 10:40 p.m. near the town of Quinton when the carriage was struck from behind by the 18-wheeler.

State troopers told the news agency that 38-year-old Paul Ogden and 28 year-old Lee Ogden were killed in the crash. Two young children in the carriage also died in the accident.

Another passenger in the carriage, 18-year-old Colby Finch, was taken to a local hospital where he reportedly remains in critical condition.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that 3,380 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks in the U.S. in 2009.