Tractor Trailer Accidents in Three States Kill One Person, Injure More Than Six Others

Tractor trailer accidents in three states killed one person and injured more than six others.Accidents involving tractor trailers claimed the life of one person and injured more than six others across three states in just over a week.

In New Jersey, police said a local woman died as the result of injuries she sustained in a big rig accident in Pennsville Township on July 26.

The Salem Sunbeam reports that the accident occurred around 10 a.m. when a Toyota being driven by 56-year-old Bonnie Joseph of Woodstown crossed over the center line of Route 49 northbound and into the path of an 18-wheeler traveling on the southbound side of the highway.

According to the news agency, the tractor trailer tried to avoid a collision by veering right, but Joseph's car wound up hitting the truck's left rear wheel. Her car then smashed into a guardrail near the former Penn-Salem Marina.

It took several emergency crews to free Joseph from the wreckage. She was reportedly taken to the Memorial Hospital of Salem County, but was later flown to Cooper University Hospital suffering from critical injuries. Pennsville police told the news source that Joseph died the following day.

The driver of the truck, Robert Norman of Delaware, was reportedly not injured in the crash.

Police are continuing to investigate what caused Joseph's car to swerve across the center lane before the collision.

In New Hampshire, a Vermont woman was listed in critical condition after the car she was driving got into an accident with a Wal-Mart tractor trailer on Route 9 on July 21.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports that 85-year-old Lynda Copeland was traveling westbound on the highway around 1:00 p.m. when her Toyota Prius crossed over the center line and collided with the big rig.

The initial crash caused a third vehicle to hit both Copeland's car and the truck.

Police told the news agency that Copeland was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital suffering from serious injuries. Her husband, 85-year-old Arthur Copeland, was also injured in the crash. He was reportedly treated for non-life threatening injuries at Cheshire Medical Center.

The driver of the big rig, 50-year-old David Snedker of New Hamsphire, was not injured in the collision. The driver of the third vehicle, 58-year-old Angelique Coli, was treated for minor injures that he sustained in the accident.

According to the news source, it took more than 30 emergency crew workers to clear the wreckage.

In South Carolina, five people were injured after a 18-wheeler sparked two separate overnight accidents on Interstate 26 in Spartanburg County.

WSPA reports that the first accident occurred around 2:55 a.m. on July 29 when a tractor trailer hit the back of a 1994 Ford vehicle that was traveling at a slow rate of speed due to mechanical trouble.

The impact of the crash reportedly sent the Ford off the right side of the highway and into a guardrail. The semi then lost control and overturned, blocking all eastbound lanes of the highway.

According to the news agency, a third vehicle with three people inside then hit the overturned truck. All three people in the car were injured in the collision.

The drivers of the first car and big rig were also injured in the crash.

The roadway was reportedly closed for nearly eight hours while crews cleared the wreckage and debris from both accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were 2,755 motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in the month of July during 2009.