Fatal Tractor Trailer Accidents Reported in New York, Maine and Nebraska

A 12-year-old girl from Connecticut died after the van she was riding in was hit by a tractor trailer in Maine.Three people are dead following separate tractor trailer accidents in New York, Maine and Nebraska, respectively.

In New York, WKTV reports that a Chenango County man was killed after the car he was driving collided head-on with an 18-wheeler on Route 8 on August 18.

According to the news agency, 21-year-old Shane Romanowski was driving southbound on the highway when his car crossed the center line and hit a tractor trailer being driving by 28-year-old Robert Yedynak in New Berlin.

Officials said that Romanowski was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Yedynak was not injured in the collision.

Police said that an investigation is underway, but it appears as if speed was not a factor in the crash.

In Maine, a tractor trailer accident claimed the life of a 12-year-old girl from Connecticut on August 17.

The Kennebec Journal reports that the accident occurred around 9:20 a.m. on Route 2 when a big rig apparently crossed the center line of the highway and smashed into a Dodge minivan full of YMCA campers on their way to Vermont.

The news agency reports that the truck, which was entering onto the roadway, jackknifed following the crash, spilling a load of sawdust it was carrying.

The victim has been identified as Tess Meisel of Westport, Connecticut. Two other passengers in the minivan were injured. The driver of the minivan and the tractor trailer were also hurt in the wreck.

Police are reportedly still trying to determine the exact cause of the deadly accident.

In Nebraska, a 30-year-old man was killed on August 18 after the minivan that he was driving collided with a semi on Highway 30 in Hall County.

The Grand Island Independent reports that the accident occurred around 4:42 a.m. when a 2000 Dodge minivan being driven by James Lual hit a 2006 Freightliner traveling eastbound on the highway near the intersection of Highway 30. The impact of the collision caused the truck to burst into flames.

Officials told the news source that prior to the accident, emergency crews received a call that there was a minivan traveling in the wrong direction on Highway 30 in the area near the crash.

The 72-year-old driver of the truck was not injured in the collision.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that seven people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in Hall County, Nebraska, in 2009.