A 32-year-old Compton man was killed on Saturday when the vehicle he was driving collided with a semi tractor trailer that had overturned. The fatal truck accident happened several miles north of Mendota, Illinois, on Interstate 39 at a few minutes before 8 p.m. on Saturday. The 51-year-old semi driver was cited for improper lane usage.
According to the information released by the Illinois State Police, the semi-trailer was headed south on I-39 when it went off the road into the right-hand ditch. The driver turned too severely to get the truck back on the highway, and in the process caused the semi to overturn sideways, blocking both shoulders and the two southbound lanes between them. The driver of the car collided with the overturned semi truck.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently considering the final version of a rule that would require heavy duty trucks and motor coaches to have Electronic Stability Control systems. Such systems are intended to help prevent rollover accidents. Sensors on the vehicle can determine when a rollover is likely to occur and can either reduce power or cause the vehicle to brake to avoid rolling over.
An error committed by a semi driver can easily have fatal consequences. When negligence or carelessness leads to a fatal truck accident, those left behind are right to question what went wrong. The vast majority of accidents on the highway could have been prevented if all parties involved had behaved correctly.
Source: North Central Illinois News Tribune, "Compton man dies in Interstate 39 crash," 17 September 2012