According to the American Trucking Association, large trucks and trailers moved over nine billion tons of freight across the United States annually. Because of the size and weight of tractor-trailers, they are likely to cause serious injuries to drivers of cars and other automobiles involved in an accident. Trucks are harder to control because they have a longer stopping distance than those of cars. Every sixteen minutes, a person is killed or severely injured in an accident involving a massive truck.
Such a collision occurred on U.S. Highway 412 in Oklahoma at about 4:15 a.m. in March 2015. Milton Squires was driving a 2013 Volvo tractor-trailer when he became distracted. He then went off the road and struck an international box truck that was parked on the shoulder of the road.
The tractor-trailer continued to slide sideways before ultimately striking a ditch and began to overturn. Squires was unable to get out of his truck. He was stuck inside for almost two hours before being rescued.
Squires was later air-lifted to the Saint John Hospital and was admitted for multiple injuries, but was in stable condition. The other driver was treated and released for head injuries.
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