A deadly truck crash in upstate New York was so tragic and disturbing that the police, fire and ambulance personnel who responded to the scene were shocked by what they encountered. As reported by ABC News, first responders were deeply affected by a crash that proved so deadly. The truck crash resulted in the deaths of four children and three adults. The deaths of those victims are a stark reminder of the intrinsic danger of trucks on our roadways.
Inherent Danger of Trucks
According to news reports, a tractor-trailer was pulling a load of crushed cars on a rural two-lane road, about 25 miles south of Syracuse, NY. The trailer broke free of the truck that was hauling it, careened into oncoming traffic and rammed into the minivan carrying the victims. The police reported that it appears as though the driver of the minivan tried to avoid the out-of-control trailer.
This very sad crash highlights the inherent dangers that big trucks pose to road safety. Often weighing between 65,000 and 80,000 lbs., these trucks and trailers crush all in their path when not properly secured and controlled. The sudden and violent death of four young children and three adults is clear and painful reminder of this fact.
Doing More to Reduce the Danger
From the initial news reports, it appears as though the crash is likely to be caused by either an equipment failure or a maintenance error. How the trailer came lose from the rig is certain to be a key factor in the investigation of this truck crash.
As a member of APITLA, where I serve on its National Advisory Board, I am committed to improving road safety. This crash in New York is a violent reminder that we all need to work more quickly to reduce the inherent danger of trucks on our highways and roads.