Police Investigate Fatal Truck Accidents in Washington, Massachusetts and Maryland

Police in Massachusetts, Washington and Maryland are investigating the cause of three fatal tractor trailer accidents.Washington State Police are asking for the public’s help as they continue to investigate the cause of a multi-vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer that killed a 9-year-old-girl during morning rush hour on July 20.

The Seattle Times reports that the accident occurred on Interstate 90 near the Interstate 405 exit when an 18-wheeler jackknifed onto a logging truck. The collision set off a chain reaction accident involving 13 other vehicles.

Police told the news agency that Rachel Beckwith was seriously injured in the crash and taken off life support at a local hospital on July 23.

Officials are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact them with any information that may help their investigation.

Meanwhile, police are investigating two other fatal tractor trailer accidents in Maryland and Massachusetts.

In Baltimore, the driver of a big rig was killed July 26 when his semi veered off the roadway and slammed into four parked cars on North Point Boulevard in Dundalk.

The Baltimore Sun reports that 51-year-old Larry George Foster of Richmond, Virginia, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was declared dead. No one else was injured in the collision.

Police told the news agency that they are continuing to investigate why Foster lost control of his truck before the deadly accident.

In Massachusetts, state police were called in to investigate a fatal accident that claimed the life of a Florida woman in Adams.

According to the Berkshire Eagle, the unidentified woman was traveling north on Route 8 on July 22 when she crashed into the back of a tractor trailer and was wedged underneath the big rig. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 334 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in Massachusetts in 2009.