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Trucker killed in high speed rollover in Wyoming.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1994 Feb; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20028776
Abstract
A 56 year old male truck driver died from injuries suffered when the truck where he was a passenger left the roadway, crossed the median, struck a guardrail, crossed the opposing road way, and struck a bridge approach and bridge guardrail. The incident site was an off-ramp location. The tractor cab fell from the highway to impact against the sloped concrete berm below. It was pulled back onto the highway by the still connected trailer, then disconnected from the trailer and overturned in the median separating east-bound from west-bound traffic. The trailer continued to skid sideways, coming to a stop approximately 100' beyond the tractor. The driver of the truck was the victim's wife. She was transported by ambulance to a hospital in the area and then by life-flight to an out of state hospital. The victim was trapped inside the tractor and was dead at the scene. The husband-and-wife team were self-employed outside the state and were hauling refrigerated foods inside the state. The vehicle was west-bound, having travelled through a high desert region in the dark over a wide, sparsely-travelled, well maintained stretch of Interstate highway. The weather was clear, the road was dry, and the dawn was breaking with the sun rising behind them. In this high desert, the road is often visible for several miles in either direction, leading to a phenomenon described as "highway hypnosis". Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Insure that all long-haul drivers are in good physical condition and maintain eating and sleeping habits that promote safety. 2. Provide periodic training for all long-haul drivers in defensive driving techniques.
Keywords
Region-8; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Transportation-industry; Transportation-workers; Truck-drivers; Trucking; Sleep-deprivation; Circadian-rhythms
Publication Date
19940225
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB2014-103502
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-93WY016; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-807083
SIC Code
NAICS-48
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WY
Performing Organization
Wyoming Department of Health
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