Today a tragic accident occurred in Munfordville, Hart County, KY involving a tractor trailer that crossed the median on I-65 and killed at least eleven people. The collision occurred at 5:30 AM and impacted the Esh family of Marrowbone, near Burkesville, Ky.
Given the time of day that this collision occurred, one of the primary issues is going to be fatigue of the tractor trailer driver. It is likely that he fell asleep and that caused him to cross the median. I have blogged extensively on this before, whether from hours of service violations and fake logs, or from sleep apnea, fatigue is absolutely deadly.
A second possibility would be a load shift, causing the driver to loose control. This might have implications for the company that loaded the tractor trailer, depending on how the facts develop.
Finally, technology exists that would have prevented this tragedy. I have blogged on lane departure systems that would have alerted the tracto trailer driver before this tragedy occured.
The preventable tragedy that occurred in this case is something my firm deals with on a regular basis across the country and why we donate to truckingsafety organizations that attempt to make the roads safer.
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