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Stolen truck crashes into cars

Residents of Ohio may be interested to learn that a series of collisions occurred between a semi-truck and several motor vehicles on a California highway on April 7, 2013. A man driving a stolen truck said he tried to escape from zombies. The truck was operated by a man police described as a transient. He was a rider in the semitruck. When left alone in the cab at a highway stop, he took the vehicle and proceeded to drive off. After colliding with many vehicles he overturned the truck. He later told police it was all an attempt to shake off zombies that were clinging to the back of the truck.

The man in the stolen truck struck four vehicles and caused consequent collisions as vehicles went out of control and then collided with other vehicles. Some occupants of the vehicles he struck were seriously injured. Truck accidents have a deadly potential due to the speed and mass of a fast moving semi-trailer. In this case, there was the additional factor of a driver apparently under a chemical influence and hallucinating.

Driving while impaired or under the influence of an illegal substance can dramatically increase the chances of a collision. Because of their size and weight, commercial trucks can cause severe damage and injury. Skill and experience are needed to operate a large truck safely on public roadways. Even with a skilled operator, collisions can be caused by such things as driver negligence, inattention and sleep deprivation. In impacts with trucks, passengers and drivers of other, usually smaller, vehicles can receive serious injuries.

In Ohio, many thousands of large commercial trucks use highways each day. They are sometimes involved in collisions which cause serious injuries. Legal experience and skill in handling truck accident cases can be of vital importance.

Source: CNN, "Cause of multiple collisions in California? Zombies, driver tells police" Dorrine Mendoza, April 11, 2013

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