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Woman killed in truck accident

With a busy international border crossing and our traditionally industrial economy, Michigan highways see a great deal of semi truck traffic. These trucks travel the same roads and highways as well all use to take our kids to school and commute back and forth to work every day. There is an inherent conflict between passenger use of our roads for personal transportation and commercial use of our roads by semi trucks. An accident or spinout that may only cause a minor injury in the absence of a big truck, may result in catastrophic injuries if a semi truck is involved.

A 19-year-old woman died after colliding with a semi-truck. The truck accident occurred earlier this month. Her car, a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, slid across the eastbound section of highway when she tried to use an eastbound ramp. Her car then hit the semi in the door, which forced it into the median barriers, which were cables. The semi's trailer then hit her car. Police said the truck driver tried to avoid the car as it slid across the highway. The woman died at the scene, despite attempts by deputies to give first aid. The truck driver was not injured, but his truck did receive extensive damage.

Because semi trucks are so big and heavy, they can do extensive damage to a smaller vehicle. If a crash with a large truck such as a semi doesn't kill someone, there is a high chance that the person will suffering from serious injuries. The impact of such a heavy vehicle could even cause a person internal injuries. Because of the seriousness of the accident and the extensive damage to both vehicles, the highway was shut down for several hours. The accident is still under investigation, but police say whether played a part in the accident.

Source: MLive.com, "Lawrence woman dies in Sunday crash on I-94,"Emily Monacelli, Mar. 4, 2012

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