A crash involving two 18-wheelers and a car in Montgomery, Alabama, has sent four people to the hospital, one of whom is listed in serious condition. The crash occurred around 3:00 yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Taylor Road and the Troy Highway.
Officers at the scene of the crash said the incident happened when one of the 18-wheelers apparently misjudged a red light at the intersection or tried to run it, but then decided to stop. The second commercial truck was traveling behind the stopped truck but couldn’t stop in time to avoid colliding with it.
Debris from the collision struck a Lexus that was stopped at the light in a different lane, breaking through the back window and injuring the passengers.
The driver of the second truck was trapped inside the cab and firefighters had to saw through the frame to remove her. She was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. Her husband, who was in the truck’s sleeper car when the accident occurred, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the first truck was uninjured.
A hazmat cleanup crew arrived at the scene to clean up any potentially dangerous substances that spilled from the trucks’ cargo. Authorities, however, said that both of the trucks were empty.
The two-truck crash will weigh heavily on national commercial vehicle safety figures. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released truck safety progress reports that found the number of truck accidents and fatalities at a historical low.
According to the FMCSA, the number of truck-involved traffic fatalities declined 20 percent in 2009 from the previous year, dropping from 4,245 in 2008 to 3,380 in 2009. Since 2004, the year stricter “Hours of Service” rules became effective, the U.S. has seen a 33 percent reduction in the number of truck-involved traffic fatalities. Last year, there were 503 number of truck occupant deaths – a 26-percent decline from 682 deaths in 2008.