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Underride Crash Kills One Person, Injures Two in South Carolina

Authorities are investigating a deadly underride crash that killed one person and critically injured two others when the van they were in collided with the back of a tractor-trailer in Beaufort, South Carolina, Feb. 17. The underride crash occurred around 7:20 a.m. when for reasons not yet known the van crashed into the back of the tractor-trailer. According to Charleston’s ABC News Channel 4, the City of Beaufort-Town of Port Royal Fire Department said all three van occupants were significantly entrapped in the wreckage. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires tractor-trailers to be equipped with rear underride guards ... Read More

Side Underride Bill Languishes in U.S. Congress

In December 2017, a bipartisan bill that would require side guards on tractor-trailers to prevent deadly underride crashes was introduced to the Senate. One year later, Congress has yet to take any action on the bill. The Stop Underrides Act calls for new regulations that would require tractor-trailer and other heavy vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds to install side underride guards. The bill would also require the U.S. Department of Transportation to review the underride standards every five years for improvement or modification and to strengthen rear-underride guards that are already required on tractor-trailers and other large trucks. The ... Read More

Rear Underride Collision With Tractor-Trailer Kills Tennessee Sheriff’s Officer

Rear underride guards on the back of tractor-trailers and other large vehicles are critical safety devices that are meant to protect motorists from being crushed or decapitated in a collision with the back of a truck. But as important as these devices are for all motorists on the road, there is plenty of grisly evidence to show that tougher rules and standards are needed to govern the strength and functionality of rear underride guards. One of the latest examples is the fatal crash of Davidson County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s officer Joseph Gilmore. Officer Gilmore was killed on New Year’s Day on ... Read More

Rear Underride Crash Kills Virginia Man

A 30-year-old Virginia man was killed in a rear underride crash with a tractor-trailer while on his way home to join his family for Thanksgiving. Now his family is calling on lawmakers for action to toughen the standards for rear underride guards that are supposed to mitigate these horrific crashes. Virginia State Troopers told Elba Padilla that her son Christopher Padilla probably fell asleep at the wheel when his Honda Civic plowed into the back of a tractor-trailer on 1-495 in Fairfax County, just minutes from home. Mr. Padilla was returning home from a holiday get-together with friends when the ... Read More

Side Underride Crash Test A Bittersweet Event For Some Families

For family members watching a side underride crash test at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the potentially lifesaving results were bittersweet. Bitter because the side underride guards could have saved the lives of their loved ones. Sweet because the technology can prevent scores of others from dying in violent collisions in the future. Luis Durso, whose daughter Roya was killed in a 2004 side underride crash, told WCPO Channel 9 Cincinnati that side underride guards on tractor-trailers and other large trucks can spare other parents from experiencing the grief she has lived with ever since the fatal accident. “I ... Read More

Trailer Manufacturer Wins Award for Rear Underride Safety Guards

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded Chicago-based trailer designer and manufacturer Great Dane with its Toughguard award, which recognizes rear underride guards that serve to prevent deadly underride crashes in which a car or other passenger vehicle rear-ends a trailer and runs under it, often shearing the roof off the vehicle and killing its occupants. The dangers of underride crashes became national news when actress Jayne Mansfield collided with the back of a tractor-trailer on a Slidell, Louisiana, highway in 1967. The horrific nature of the crash, which decapitated Ms. Mansfield, triggered the very first calls for ... Read More