Four Truck Collision Leaves One Truck Driver Deadby Jana Ritter - Published: 1/28/2015
A tragic accident involving two Foster Farm trucks, a fuel tanker, and a pickup truck on Wednesday morning has left one of the poultry truck drivers dead.
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The accident occurred along the northbound side of Highway 41 near Fresno, California at around 3:00 a.m.According to the California Highway Patrol, a Foster Farms truck carry live turkeys had been pulled off to the right shoulder of the road, which initially caused the chain reaction crash to occur. The driver of the turkey truck had pulled over and gotten out of his cab for unknown reasons, when a tanker truck came along and crashed into the back of the turkey truck, causing it to jack knife. Most tragic of all is that the driver of the turkey truck who had been outside on the driver’s side of his truck was pinned and dragged underneath his front driver's side tire.
A second Foster Farms poultry truck carrying live chickens and a passenger pickup truck soon came along the northbound lane and neither driver could avoid hitting the two crashed semi-trucks blocking the road.
CHP Officer Axel Reyes says that while they are still investigating the crash, they are looking into the possibility that the tanker truck driver had been traveling at an "unsafe speed" during foggy road conditions and was unable to slow down in time from when the parked turkey truck came into view.
First responders were able to rescue the driver who had been pinned under his truck and was still alive at the scene. He was rushed to the nearest hospital (the Community Regional Medical Center) in critical condition and unfortunately died from his severe injuries hours later. The man’s name has not been released until the family is notified.
The tanker truck driver was also taken to the hospital suffering major injuries, but he is expected to survive. The driver of the smallest vehicle involved, (the pick-up truck) was lucky to only suffer from minor injuries and the driver of the second Foster Farms truck did not have any injuries and was even able to drive away from the scene with his truck and chickens still intact. Unfortunately, more than a dozen turkeys were killed as a result of the chain-reaction crash.
The northbound side of Highway 41 remained completely shut down until at least 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning and has since reopened.
Do you think the tanker truck driver should be held accountable for not taking precaution in the foggy conditions?Compared to a regular sized vehicle, how much more likely is it for a semi-truck to hit another semi-truck pulled over on the side of the road?