A semi-truck crashed early Monday morning along I-44 in Springfield, MO. One of the occupants of the vehicle was trapped underneath the steering wheel for nearly an hour while crews worked to free him. The accident caused eastbound lanes to be closed for several hours.
Kansas City police have identified a 19-year-old man who died in a head-on collision earlier today in the Northland as Cameron M. Heath.
The two-vehicle accident occurred about 6:45 a.m. at Northeast 46th Terrace and North Brighton Avenue.
According to police, a southbound silver Pontiac collided head-on with a northbound Tahoe.
Heath, a Kansas City resident, was driving the Pontiac. Three people in the Tahoe were taken to a hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
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A 2-day-old baby survived a crash that killed his mother, father and 3-year-old brother.
Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsh said the family of four from Eldon was traveling west on Missouri 52 in Miller County, 100 miles north of Springfield, when an eastbound Toyota moved into their lane.
“The one vehicle just crossed the center line and they hit pretty much head-on,” Reinsh said, noting it was sunny and clear when the crash happened at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday. “As far as I know, the weather was not a factor.”
All to often trucking accidents involve drivers who are operating an eighteen wheeler on inadequate rest or are carrying a load that exceeds capacity regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is in the final stages of two related truck rules: to limit service to 10 consecutive hours and to require trucks to convert to electronic on-board recorders to keep tabs on the hours driven continuously. The Truck Safety Coalition is pushing for quick approval of the rules, while the trucking industry supports the on-board recorders but not changing the driving limits.
Joan Claybrook, a consumer activist, stated that ”every year about 4,000 people needlessly die on our highways and 100,000 more are injured in truck crashes.” “Families and truck drivers are being slaughtered on our highways because of the trucking industry’s relentless push for bigger, overweight trucks operated by drivers who are exhausted and pressured to meet unreasonable delivery deadlines.”
A new bill has currently been passed through the Senate Transportation Committee and will now be debated on the floor that could allow anyone over 21 to not have to wear helmet while on a motorcycle.
Advocates who are pushing the bill are saying that a helmet is a burden when riding because it takes away from the feeling of freedom while riding and also may affect their hearing while driving. The current law in Missouri states that all drivers and passengers on a motorcycle must wear a helmet.
One man from Kirby was killed in a motor vehicle accident after a GMC crossed the center line and hit the motorcycle head-on.
The crash occurred on Missouri 76 around 1:10 p.m. when the 62-year-old motorcyclist was hit and thrown from his bike. The driver of the GMC suffered serious injury and was transported to the hospital, and the motorcycle driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 36-year-old driver was driving east when she ran off the side of the road into a mailbox and then swerved across the lanes into oncoming traffic. Her vehicle continued to go off the side of the road and she was thrown out as her vehicle flipped.
Motor vehicle accidents can have traumatizing effects on all that are involved. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the victim.