2 Truckers Hospitalized After 18-Wheeler Crash Near Stratford, Texas
Two truckers were hospitalized Wednesday morning after their 18-wheelers were involved in a major crash along U.S. Highway 287 near Stratford, Texas.
Both Semi-Trucks Erupted in Flames
The April 28th accident on the northbound side of U.S. 287 occurred sometime before 11:00 a.m. One of the semi-trucks was parked on the shoulder about six miles south of Stratford when it was struck by the second 18-wheeler. Both rigs then erupted in flames.
The northbound lanes along that stretch of U.S. 287 were closed for hours, with authorities declaring the collision a “major traffic accident.”
1 Trucker in Critical Condition After Stratford 18-Wheeler Accident
Both truckers were able to escape their burning vehicles and were rushed to a hospital in Amarillo.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver of the second 18-wheeler suffered life-threatening injuries and was last listed in critical condition. They have not released any information on the other trucker or disclosed his most recent condition.
The Stratford 18-wheeler crash remains under investigation.
18-Wheeler Driving is a Dangerous Job
The drivers of 18-wheelers and other heavy trucks hold one of the nation’s most dangerous jobs. When crash fatalities are combined with trucker deaths from other factors, the industry experiences 26.8 fatalities per 10,000 workers compared to 3.5 deaths per 10,000 workers overall.
At least 831 truck drivers died on the job in 2018– the most among any detailed occupation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck drivers and driver/sales workers had the most work-related deaths of any broad occupation group, at 966.
Truckers also ranked first for deaths among independent workers in 2018, with 96 fatalities.
The occupants of large trucks accounted for 4.7% of all traffic fatalities reported in Texas that year, among the highest rates in the nation.
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