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Accidents Involving Trucks on the Rise

Holyoke, MA – A construction employee sustained fatal injuries in a dump truck crash took place at a work area on the southern side of the Interstate highway 91 (I-91), according to the state police.

The crash, which took place at 3 AM north of Holyoke Mall, snarled the southbound traffic on I-91 as the morning commute started. The police tweeted soon after 7:50AM that the scene had been cleared by the cruisers and every line was open.

The state transportation department spokesman Michael Verseckes said motorists on southbound lane should anticipate delays between exits 14 and 17 all through the morning because state police is continuing to look into the crash. Motorists may find out alternate routes or prepare for extra time. No further info was immediately available.

Though traffic regulations are rigorous in the U.S., reports indicate that accidents involving trucks are on the rise. In another issue, a horrible crash between a passenger vehicle and semi-truck killed one and injured two others.

The crash took place near a mile marker on the westbound Interstate-70 in Morgan County. The injured individuals were taken to Eskenazi Hospital.

According to police, the car driver was in the wrong direction as it slammed into the truck. The car driver was killed in the crash. A witness pulled the crash victims from the burning vehicles. Westbound lanes had to be closed for quite some time following the crash while officials worked the scene.

In the third incident, a driver from Liberty (IL) was injured in a crash involving a truck and a car. The accident took place on Tuesday NE of Liberty at around 12:50 PM.

Lena Schmidt was taken immediately to the nearby Blessing Hospital following the accident and was treated for minor injuries. Schmidt is 57 years old.

The Department of Adams County Sheriff reported that Lena Schmidt was driving her 1997 Dodge Intrepid southbound on County Rd East 1700 when an International Navistar crossed the roadway at County Rd N 900th and hit the car driven by Schmidt. The truck was being driven by Fowler resident Richard Johnson.

Johnson has been issued a citation by the police for allegedly failing to yield at the intersection. He is 53 years old. Both Johnson and Schmidt were wearing the seat belts, according to the police.

Assisting were the Adams County Ambulance Service and Liberty Fire Department.

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