Yesterday morning a deadly accident in Indianapolis, Indiana (IN) involving two semi-trailer tractor trucks proved fatal for one driver and injured two others, the Indianapolis metro police said.

A semi driver was killed when his truck rear-ended another semi that had been parked on the shoulder.   The driver who caused the wreck was wearing a seat belt but was killed when the cab was crushed upon impact, police said.

The driver of the truck that was struck and his passenger was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis for observation.

You may have seen tractor trailers that have pulled to the side of Interstate-64 (I-64) or I-85 here in Virginia (VA) and wondered what they were doing.  They were most likely resting as the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration lists fatigued driving as one of its major causes of distracted driving crashes.

We’re not sure why the at-fault driver struck the victim which ultimately cost him his life but it may have  involved some type of distracted driving.  The NHTSA estimates that approximately 100,000 police-reported crashes annually involve drowsiness and/or fatigue as a principal causal factor. Those serious truck accidents result in an estimated 1,500 fatalities and 71,000 injuries each year.

Our condolences go out to the family of the deceased man.  It is never easy to lose a loved one especially under preventable circumstances.  For the two injured men, I hope they recover fully from their injuries.