Trucker Killed in Fiery Crash

On June 7th in LaPorte County Indiana, a mid afternoon fiery crash killed one trucker and closed the eastbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road for four hours.

One trucker, Orville McDougall was stopped at a construction area near mile marker 42 in the eastbound lane of the Indiana Toll Road. The second semi driver, Kwame L. Lawson, failed to stop in time and rear ended McDougall’s rig.

Lawson was hauling paper towels at the time of the crash. When his truck caught fire, the load caused the truck to burn rapidly.

Lawson was pronounced dead at the scene. McDougal was transported to an area hospital. His injuries were reported to be non-life threating.

The crash also caused a nine-mile-long traffic backup while the scene was cleared.

This crash could have been avoided if Lawson had been aware of his surroundings, heeded the signs to slow down for the road construction, and maintained control of his vehicle. Summer is often known as road construction season, and slow or stopped traffic due to road repairs is common on US highways. Travel is also common in summer, which increases traffic and road congestion.

Commercial fleet owners need to stress the importance of vigilance and safety when truckers transport loads in the summer. This will improve your company’s safety rating and help reduce the cost of your company’s fleet insurance. And to receive the latest news in transportation safety, contact the experts at Three Points Insurance.