The victim was driving a 2014 Freightliner truck in the westbound lanes when he was involved in a crash with a 2006 Kia Sportage. The initial crash caused the truck to veer from the roadway. The truck hit an overpass, and the driver was killed at the scene. The victim was identified as 28-year-old John Palmer of Maybrook, New York.
The driver of the Kia, 30-year-old Brendon Appoid, of Holtsville, did not suffer any injuries in the crash. Police are still investigating the collision and have requested that anyone with information report to the Fourth Squad.
Fatal accidents involving large trucks more often end in the death of a person traveling in a vehicle other than the truck. Occupants of passenger vehicles make up about 66 percent of large trucking accidents. Another 16 percent of victims include pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists. Only 17 percent of victims of these crashes are people who were traveling in the large truck at the time of the accident.
When people traveling in large trucks are killed, it is most often in crashes between two large trucks. There are also many fatal single-vehicle crashes involving large trucks. For instance, trucks have a propensity to roll over and can sometimes do so when they are making too sharp of a turn or driving on a highway on or off-ramp at too high of a speed. In crashes between large trucks and passenger vehicles, truck occupants make up only 3 percent of all victims.
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