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Speeding truck hits signal equipment in Wyoming.

NIOSH 1994 Mar; :1-3
A 31 year old male truck driver died from injuries suffered when the truck he was driving struck the rear of a traffic control vehicle and burst into flames in a high-speed rollover. The driver was alone and had passed several vehicles at speeds of 80 mph on a road posted at 65 mph. He was travelling in the right hand lane and approaching a parked Department of Transportation signal truck that had a mounted flashing arrow signalling traffic to move from the right hand to the left hand lane due to construction ahead. The truck rear-ended the traffic control vehicle, forcing that vehicle to spin across the left lane and slide into the guardrail on the left side of the road. The signal vehicle then travelled backwards for 22' causing it to turn clockwise, crossing back into the right hand lane and then coming to rest in the left-hand lane of traffic. After striking the signal vehicle, the truck continued on in the right lane, applying brakes and going into a skid into the left lane and finally into the median beyond a bridge structure and guardrail. Entering the median, the truck travelled down a bank to the low point of the median, then began travelling up the bank on the other side when it overturned time onto its right side and burst into flames. The driver of the parked signal vehicle was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital and the driver of the truck died at the scene from incineration. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Establish and enforce policy for over-the-road drivers to not exceed speed limits. 2. Include safe driving practices as a hiring criteria and enforce safe driving practices as a disciplinary measure.
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; Truck-drivers; Transportation-industry; Transportation-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94WY006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-807083
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Wyoming Department of Health