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According to the Police, preliminary investigation showed that the front passenger side of the tractor-trailer hit the rear driver side of the dump truck causing the tractor-trailer to jackknife. The dump truck left the road, hit a tree and overturned leaving the driver trapped. Firefighters arrived to the scene and freed the driver. The driver reported moderate neck and back pain. Firefighters had him air lifted to a nearby hospital.
According to the police, the driver of the tractor trailer blocked traffic for 5 hours. He also suffered minor injuries but was treated at the the scene.
In a report on truck accidents by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the following are stated. In a single-vehicle fatal crash, the odds of a jackknife are 3.22 times higher during adverse weather conditions. The odds of a jackknife on a curved roadway are 86 percent higher than the odds of a jackknife on a straight roadway. Poor lighting conditions increase the odds of a jackknife by 43 percent. A 10 mph increase in the posted speed limit increases the odds of a jackknife by 49 percent for combination trucks. An increase of 10 percent in the total weight of the truck corresponds to a 2 percent decline in the odds of a jackknife. Whereas a 10 percent increase in the total length of the truck corresponds to an increase of 14 percent in the odds of a jackknife for combination trucks.
A speed limit of 55 mph or higher, poor weather, and a curved road significantly increase the odds of both a rollover and a jackknife for large trucks. As the weight of the large truck and its cargo increases, the odds of a rollover increase, but the odds of a jackknife decrease. Conversely, as the length of a large truck increases, the odds of a rollover decrease, while the odds of a jackknife increase.
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In some states if an airlift ambulance is required, uninsured victims can receive a bill as high as $200,000?