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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