As national headlines focus on the passing of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, a tragedy of worse proportion happened in Oklahoma today. According to Newsok.com, 9 people are now confirmed dead after a tractor-trailer slammed into a line carss stopped by an earlier accident involving a tractor-trailer. The accident happened on the Will Rogers Turnpike northeast of Miami
According to the Highway Patrol and newsok.com,
Investigators don’t believe the driver of the tractor-trailer tried to stop before the crash that left eight adults and one child dead, Brown said. The speed limit in the area is 75 mph. A criminal investigation was being conducted, as is routine after a fatal accident, and blood was drawn from the truck driver.
This is a tragic accident on a hot sunny day in Oklahoma. The pictures of dangled metal, fluids and crushed cars on the Oklahoma is astounding and I can simply say my prayers are with the deceased and injured. At a normal time, this might garner national headlines. However, with Michael Jackson’s passing, sadly that won’t be the case.
Those of you who live in this area know that accidents and/or construction on this stretch of highway can lead to severe traffic congestion. We obviously know no facts as to what led to the tractor-trailer driver failing to even slow down. However, in litigating trucking cases we have often found that fatigue plays an important role in the analysis of how these accidents occur.
It will be interesting to see what the investigation of this matter leads too and we will keep you informed. However, for the time being, our prayers go out to the families of the deceased.