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Two Injured from Semi-Truck Accident South of Eugene
Two people were injured from a semi-truck accident which occurred south of Eugene. The crash occurred when a semi-truck crashed into a concrete barrier, pushing it into oncoming traffic. Oregon State Police said the semi-truck driver was driving southbound on I-5 when it veered off the road and crashed into a concrete barrier in the median. The force of impact from the crash then pushed the semi-truck into the northbound lanes of oncoming traffic. Two other cars then also hit the concrete barrier. Police said the two persons that hit the barrier were taken to a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Both directions of I-5 were shut down for about 20 minutes while crews worked to clear the accident and fix the barrier and guardrail.
How to Drive Safely Around a Semi-Truck
Many drivers become impatient when driving around a slow semi-truck. However, semi-trucks are much larger in size than a passenger vehicle and have limited maneuverability. More than 3,750 people were killed in 2011 on U.S. roads in accidents involving semi-trucks. Here are some tips for driving around a semi-truck to keep you and others safe.
Be aware of the semi truck's blind spot. It is most likely the pickup truck hit on I-84 was traveling in the truck’s blind spot. Tractor-trailers and/or semi-trucks have large blind spots. To be safe, if you cannot see the truck’s mirrors, the driver of the semi cannot see you.
Leave more space. When driving behind a large truck, leave more space than you normally would for a passenger vehicle. If a semi-truck is driving too closely behind you, move to another lane. In an emergency situation, a semi-truck needs substantially more space than a car to come to a complete stop.
Remember how much larger a semi-truck is than your car. A semi-truck is approximately 16 times more than the car you are driving. In addition, a semi-truck may be carrying dangerous chemicals that could turn an accident into a disaster. Also, be sure to stay in your lane. Large trucks need the full width of their lane to keep the semi-truck under control.
When passing a semi-truck, pass with care. Never cross over a double yellow line. If you do wish to pass a tractor-trailer or semi-truck, do so only on the left. After safely passing, do not cut off the semi by re-entering the lane too closely in front of the semi-truck.
Use your common sense. No matter the vehicle you are driving, the rules of the road are the same. Check your mirrors regularly and be alert of what is going on around you to keep yourself safe.
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