WALLINGFORD- According to Myrecordjournal.com, a man from Long Island was killed in a single vehicle collision on Friday, November 2, 2018. The man was operating a tractor-trailer when he lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway, drove down an embankment and crashed into a tree.
The crash took place on Interstate 91 at about 4:45 in the morning. The driver was identified as 41-year-old Ashley Bennett of Uniondale, New York.
Troopers responded to the site of the accident and found the driver unresponsive. Bennett was transported to the Yale-New Haven Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The crashed closed down the right and center lanes while the scene was investigated and cleared.
Truck accidents kill thousands of Americans every year. However, in most accidents, truck occupants are not the victims, the victims in large truck crashes are often occupants of other smaller vehicles. In 66 percent of fatal truck crashes, other vehicle occupants are the victims. In another 16 percent of those collisions, pedestrians, motorcyclists or cyclists are killed. Truck occupants are only killed in 17 percent of all large truck crashes.
The most common way for a truck occupant to be killed in a crash is in a collision between two large trucks. However, rollover accidents and other single vehicle accidents can also be deadly.
Truck drivers are tasked with maneuvering large, unwieldy vehicles. Trucks cannot make quick movements or stop rapidly. Large trucks take between 20 to 40 percent longer to stop than do passenger vehicles. Truck drivers are at risk of driver fatigue. While truckers are legally permitted to drive 11 hours in one stretch, many admit to driving longer.
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