Three travelers were killed on Tuesday after getting caught up in a three-vehicle crash along Iowa Highway 2, reports the Des Moines Register. The truck accident occurred in the morning, around 8 a.m.
The two lane highway, like many similar roads, has no barrier between each lane of traffic that is traveling in opposite directions. On Tuesday morning, a semi truck driven by Thomas Ryan was traveling eastbound. Two other vehicles were traveling in the opposite direction, an SUV driven by Edna Downs and a Chevrolet truck driven by 24-year old Kenneth Matthews.
For unknown reasons, the semi driver somehow turned the vehicles too far left, causing it to cross the center line and travel into the other lane. As a result, the large truck slammed into the two vehicles that were headed in the opposite direction. Following the initial impact, the semi rolled over and caught fire. That fire spread to the Chevy truck as well.
All three drivers were killed.
The true costs of crashes such as this one are impossible to measure. The family and friends of each of these individuals will never truly be able to recover from the devastation. That is why every effort must be made to ensure that these tragedies never occur. In particular, semi trucks maintain the ability to take out several vehicles any time they veer out of control, making any crash that much more costly. It is imperative that drivers and owners of these trucking units give particular care to their driving to ensure the safety of everyone on the roadway.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have spent decades holding those who violate that duty of care accountable for their mistakes. We will continue to provide oversight of all negligent trucking operators so that fewer families have to suffer following these automobile deaths.