On Saturday, May 30, two Illinois residents were killed, after a set of tires on a semi-truck came loose on the I-94 near Portage, Michigan, striking a car with three people inside. According to the Detroit Free Press, the Portage Department of Public Safety said that the car’s 67 –year-old backseat passenger Rebecca Avery died at the scene of the crash, as well as the 34-year-old driver, who died shortly after the auto accident at a hospital Sunday morning. The third passenger in the car suffered what was described as non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators say that the driver was heading east on the I-94 when the car was struck by semi-truck’s wheel and tire assembly, which was traveling in the opposite direction. The semi-truck was traveling westbound on the I-94 when 2 of the truck’s tires burst and went over the median into the eastbound lanes. After the accident, the freeway was shut down for four hours. Authorities say that the crash is still under investigation.
Truck accidents happen every year in the United States, and they cause injuries to thousands of drivers, in addition to causing many deaths. According to Legal Info, around 500,000 trucking accidents occur per year in the United States, and approximately 5,000 of these crashes result in fatalities.
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