A southern Illinois truck driver miraculously survived a head-on collision with a loaded trailer last week, according to Gasconade County Republican. The 53-year old driver of Coulterville, Illinois was traveling eastbound on U.S. 50 when a loaded trailer tore loose from a westbound tractor and slammed into his truck. The trailer was loaded with “distiller’s grain” that burst from the trailer, covering the interstate’s eastbound lanes for several hundred feet. Dozens of policeman and personnel were on the scene attempting to clean the grain that in some places was three to four inches deep. Many used roller sweepers and sprayed gallons of water to remove more of the substance.
A local police trooper stated that he looked in his rear-view mirror while driving and saw the trailer slide into the oncoming truck. The tractor had allegedly crossed over the centerline at the crest of a hill on the highway, which was on a curve. As it began its descent forward, the trailer then broke loose from the tractor.
Our Illinois truck accident lawyers learned that the accident closed traffic to all motorists for hours. Local fireman rerouted eastbound and westbound traffic and eventually allowed tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles to pass through once the westbound lane was reopened.
The report states that the truck driver was taken to a local hospital by ambulance for treatment of moderate injuries. He had received facial and head lacerations but did not appear to have suffered any broken bones, according to his wife. A local dispatcher commented on the accident after having seen photographs of the scene. He told reporters, “I’m surprised. Thank God he came out alive. The truck can be replaced. He can’t. He’s a good driver.”
Authorities say there was no indication that either driver was in any way under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. However, the tractor will be examined for signs of possible equipment violations.
From the perspective of our attorneys, accidents with cargo involved have the potential of causing very serious injury to the driver and other motorists if the cargo is detached or spills at any point during travel. Cargo detachment may cause further accidents, or in some cases may be caused by a previous accident. Cargo can add thousands of pounds to a truck’s weight, making it difficult for the driver to stop or steer as easily as if the cargo were not there.
Whether a cargo spill, equipment malfunction, or a negligent motorists is responsible for injury to another individual on the road, our law firm is dedicated to holding those accountable for the damage they have caused, including personal injury, medical expenses, or property damage. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, please contact us to learn about what compensation may be available to you.