Semi-Truck Rear-End Crash Hospitalizes 11 People
Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on Aug 14, 2014 in Truck Accidents
A Mayes County collision between a tour bus and a semi-truck sent 11 people to Tulsa hospitals in the early hours of Thursday morning, News on 6 reports.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said a truck driver from Missouri was traveling south on Highway 69 around 3:30 a.m. when the semi crashed into a tour bus traveling from Illinois to Monterrey, Mexico.
The crash took place near U.S. Highway 69 on 540 Road at a railroad crossing between Pryor and Chouteau. By 6:30 a.m, only one of the southbound lanes of U.S. 69 was open.
Reports indicate the accident was serious, resulting in the Jaws of Life being used to remove the driver of the semi-truck. The tour bus was transporting 40 Mexican citizens, 10 of whom were hospitalized for their injuries.
Commercial vehicle accidents are not an unusual occurrence on Oklahoma roadways. Because of the sheer size of these huge trucks, motorists are at a very high risk of serious injury or death when an accident does occur. With the average 18-wheeler weighing 80,000 pounds, a smaller 5,000 pound vehicle may not stand a chance.
Those who've lost a loved one in an Oklahoma truck accident will struggle emotionally and financially in the wake of such a loss. Survivors have the right to seek justice for the pain and suffering they've endured, and filing a truck accident claim is often the most direct way to see this done.