Police Investigate Fatal Tractor Trailer Accidents in New York and Mississippi

Police are investigating tractor trailer accidents that left two people dead in New York and Mississippi.Police in New York and Mississippi continue to investigate accidents involving tractor trailers that left one person dead in each state and a number of people injured.

In New York, officials said that one person was killed and at least 20 others were injured after a tractor trailer smashed into a tour bus as it was pulling onto the eastbound side of Interstate 90 in Waterloo. The impact of the crash caused the bus to burst into flames.

The Associated Press reports that the accident occurred about 1:30 a.m. on July 22 near the northern edge of the Finger Lakes Region.

Officials told the news agency that the unidentified driver of the 18-wheeler was killed in the collision.

The tour bus was reportedly headed from Canada to New York City.

This is the second fatal tour bus accident in New York in less than a week. On July 17, two people were killed and 35 people injured after a tour bus overturned about 35 miles west of the Waterloo crash scene.

In Mississippi, the 68-year-old driver of a pickup truck was killed on July 20 when he crashed into a tractor trailer on State Line Road around 4:15 p.m. in DeSoto County.

According to the Commercial Appeal, Jeff Smith was declared dead at at the scene of the accident after his truck was pinned underneath the big rig in Southaven.

Police told the news agency that they are still trying to determine the exact cause of the collision.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was reportedly not injured in the wreck.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 31 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in DeSoto County, Mississippi, in 2009.