Big Rig Accidents Kill Two Men, Injure Elderly Woman

Two people were killed and an elderly woman injured in three separate tractor trailer accidents in Maine, Massachusetts and Delaware.Two men were killed and and elderly woman injured in three separate tractor trailer accidents in Maine, Delaware and Massachusetts, respectively.

The Bangor Daily News reports that a 43-year-old man died in a late night big rig accident on Route 46 in Eddington, Maine.

According to the news agency, Ronald Frisco was killed instantly after his 2007 Toyota Camry crossed the centerline and struck an 18-wheeler around 9:00 p.m. on August 20.

Police said that Frisco was on his way home from work in Calais when the accident occurred.

The driver of the tractor trailer, 61-year-old Thomas Griffin, was reportedly taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with what was described as non-life threatening injuries.

The roadway was closed for seven hours while work crews cleared the wreckage.

In Delaware, a 22-year-old man was killed when the car he was riding in was involved in a tractor trailer accident on U.S. 13 on August 19.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the accident occurred around 1:45 a.m. at the Paddock Road intersection in Smyrna when a car being driven by 23-year-old James Sommer was struck by the 1999 Peterbilt tractor trailer on the passenger side of the vehicle while he was attempting to make a left-hand turn from the southbound side of the highway.

A passenger in Sommer’s 1198 Oldsmobile Cutlass, Brent Eliis was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.

Sommer was injured in the crash. He was taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover with multiple injuries. The driver of the truck, 30-year-old Cody Campbell, was not hurt in the collision.

Police told the news source that the road was shut down for close to five hours while crews cleared the fatal accident.

In Massachusetts, an elderly woman remains hospitalized after she was struck by a tractor trailer on Route 6 in New Bedford on August 18.

South Coast Today reports that 88-year-old Edith Motha was attempting to cross the intersection of the highway and Pleasant Street when she was run over by the big rig.

According to the news source, an investigation is underway into the exact cause of the accident, but the driver of the truck, 62-year-old Larry Reed of Florida, has been issued a citation for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 48 pedestrians were killed as the result of motor vehicle accidents in Massachusetts in 2009.