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A crash involving a semi-truck, a taxi, and two other vehicles in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 at the Allen-Whitley County line killed three people on Wednesday morning.

According to a report by wane.com, the crash occurred just before 7 a.m. and involved a semi-truck, the taxi cab that the semi-truck crashed into, and two other vehicles.

A spokesperson for the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department says that the semi-truck was traveling westbound on U.S. 30 and the driver attempted to turn southbound onto County Line Road. Meanwhile, an SUV and a pickup truck were stopped at the intersection facing north.

The driver of the semi-truck turned into the intersection and into the path of the taxi, hitting it nearly head-on and pushing it into the path of the SUV, which in turn struck the pickup truck.

Of the five people in the taxi, three were pronounced dead at the scene, and the other two occupants are in critical condition at a local hospital.

No injuries were reported by the drivers of the semi-truck, the SUV, or the pickup truck. Police officers closed the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 for several hours while they investigated the crash scene.

When Truck Drivers Are Negligent, Serious and Fatal Injuries Can Occur

Safely driving any type of vehicle requires intense focus, good judgment, and constant caution. It’s even more important to be fully aware of your surroundings and to put safety first when you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle as large, heavy, and difficult to control as a semi-truck. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, and innocent drivers often pay the price.

When truck drivers make bad decisions behind the wheel, they can seriously injure or kill people in other vehicles. That’s because semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, while even the largest SUVs and pickup trucks top out at around 6,000 pounds. Put simply, no passenger vehicle on earth is a match for a semi-truck in a collision.

At Wagner Reese, our Indianapolis truck accident lawyers believe that negligent truck drivers and companies must be held liable when their careless and dangerous actions cost people their livelihoods and even their lives.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a truck accident, we want to help you get full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free consultation.