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Firefighter Struck and Killed By Drunk Driver In Southwest Indiana

Jason Reese

Cannelburg Firefighter Killed by Drunken Driver in Secondary Crash

A 26-year-old volunteer firefighter from Cannelburg has been accused of crashing his truck into three other firefighters’ vehicles, killing one. The firefighters had been assisting in a crash about 115 miles southwest of Indianapolis in Daviess County. The young firefighter arrived at the scene to assist, but was drunk and struck the rear of another truck, hit a car and one of the on-scene firefighters, who was tragically killed. The driver of the initial car crash was also intoxicated.

The firefighter has been charged with preliminary reckless driving and operating while intoxicatedcausing death. He had been driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.21 percent. Indiana’s legal limit is 0.08. The case is currently an open investigation. In 2016, 178 people were killed throughout Indiana because of drunk driving.

Common Findings of Secondary Crashes

Transportation officials and crash investigators have found secondary crashes to share several common characteristics like location, collision, and speed. Though these commonalities do not explain or describe all secondary crashes, they are useful in creating prevention efforts.

  1. High-populated areas: Secondary crashes can happen anywhere but are more common in urban areas due to the sheer number of vehicles passing a wreck on already overfilled roads. In addition, secondary crashes are much more likely to occur during heavy traffic such as rush hour and can contribute up to 50 percent of traffic congestion. When crashes occur in these areas, they also raise the risk of injuries to others as well as cause additional pedestrian or traffic accidents.
  2. Rear-end collisions: Rear-end collisions are very common in primary crashes, but studies show them to be even more common in secondary incidents where they account for the cause in over half of all crashes. When looking at accidents overall, rear-end collisions account for around 16 percent of traffic fatalities.
  3. Speeding: Speed is the most common factor in secondary crashes since it makes it more difficult for drivers to accurately perceive dangerous obstacles or other vehicles. Drivers who are speeding are also much more likely to have difficulty stopping in time to avoid an accident. As with rear-end collisions, the role of speeding in secondary crashes surpasses its role in primary accidents.

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) estimates that 18 percent of freeway traffic related fatalities are attributed to secondary crashes.

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