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Man Dies Following Crash With Tractor-Trailer

A man was killed last week after his Jeep crashed into a semitrailer in an early morning accident, reports the Brattleboro Reformer.

The man was driving his 1996 Jeep Cherokee at high speeds, over 80 mph, on Virginia’s Route 5. Near the exit ramp to Interstate 91, the man’s SUV crashed into a Freightliner tractor trailer. The truck was stopped at the end of the off ramp as he was making a left-hand turn.

The size of the vehicles and the speed at the time of the accident severely increased the damage in the collision. The Jeep went so far underneath that its front end was protruding out of the other side of the trailer. The Jeep driver was eventually pinned under the semi truck for over an hour before rescue crews could completely extricate him. He was rushed off to a nearby hospital but died from his injuries.

The police in this case were able to reconstruct the accident using a measurement of the skid marks on the road, noting that the car was likely traveling at about 81 miles per hour on impact (the speed limit in the area is only 40 mph). However, that estimate does not include how fast the driver was traveling before the brakes were applied in an attempt to stop-likely around 90 mph.

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