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Semi Accident Remains Undetermined

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Motor Vehicle Accident on Thursday, January 12, 2012

A St. Louis truck driver is one of two people under investigation after a semi truck accident took place Nov. 23 on Interstate 40.

The 43-year-old male driver of the truck and his 40-year-old passenger from Texas could not explain to state police what had happened to make the trailer venture off the roadway and crash into a convenience store in Arlington. The accident was so severe that the truck’s cab was found sticking through the store’s back wall.

Both men suffered injuries and were transported to the Regional Medical Center. Drugs or alcohol were not factors, though the report said the men were not tested for intoxication.

According to a spokesman for the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the driver claimed his medical condition was normal, and neither men could remember what actions had occurred until they struck the store. He received the information from an email sent by a trooper and accident investigator at the scene.

Accident reports and investigations reveal the truck sped up an exit ramp traveling west and crossed Airline Road, and a car driven by a man from Kentucky had been hit as the truck crashed into the store. However, the cause of the accident is still a mystery, and the six-page police report shows no insight.

The semi driver was issued a citation for failure to exercise due care. The man of the car sitting in front of the devastated store was uninjured, after stepping out of the vehicle just seconds before the car was struck.

Source: The Memphis Commercial Appeal, “Cause of Arlington tractor-trailer crash remains a mystery,” Clay Bailey, Jan. 6, 2012

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