Pickup Truck Rear-Ends Big Rig, Causing Fatality; New Safety Procedures Should Be Implemented


Recently, in the early morning, Mark Reeves of Portage, Indiana, was driving his pickup truck on westbound I-80/94 in Lake Station, near Central Avenue, when he failed to stop in time and crashed into the big rig in front of him. Tragically, Mr. Reeves died in the accident.

That semi might as well have been a wall: it was carrying a load of almost 47,000 lbs. of steel. Mr. Reeves' S-10 did not stand a chance.

There's something that could have lessened the effects of the accident. Underride guards on the backs of these big monster trucks would offer protection in rear-end collisions according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. Underride guards will not become standard equipment on semis without government regulation. Until then, more tragedies like this will continue.

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