Semi-Tractor Trailer Driver Hauling Chicken Dies After Striking A Rock Wall

Kentucky Case Report: 07KY070yes
Release Date: March 26, 2008

The following report is the product of our Cooperative State partner and is presented here in its original unedited form from the state. The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the individual Cooperative State partner and do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.


On a sunny fall day in 2007, a 50-year old semi truck driver hauling processed frozen chicken in a refrigerated trailer, died when his semi crashed into a rock wall. The driver was north bound on an interstate highway when witnesses saw the semi in the left lane contact the concrete median barrier then veer over to the right across one traffic lane and the shoulder, then strike a rock wall. The impact caused the cab to overturn onto the driver’s door while the refrigerated trailer remained standing upright. An exhaust pipe located on the back of the cab was horizontal facing skyward on the cab. The fuel line to the refrigeration unit was damaged in the crash allowing fuel to drip onto the hot exhaust pipe and ignite a fire. Numerous calls reporting the crash were placed to 911 emergency medical services. A man and woman reportedly driving behind the semi witnessed the fire start between the cab and trailer.

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