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Semi-Truck Accidents and the Under-ride Bar

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Iowa Woman Killed in Crash with Semi

Nicole Van Hamme, 28, of Davenport, was killed in a crash that occurred around 5:20 pm on Thursday, May 19th. A Swift Transportation semi had stopped for traffic and had just begun to resume travel eastbound on I-80. Van Hamme, driving her Cadillac CTS, collided into the semi near mile marker 295. The driver of the semi was not hurt in the accident. Van Hamme was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The semi-trailer was stopped on the interstate due to a large amount of traffic attempting to merge onto eastbound Interstate 80 from northbound Highway 61," police said in their statement.”

This rear-end collision accident is one that should remind us all of Jayne Mansfield. Because it was Jayne Mansfield’s accident with the rear of a semi-trailer that caused the NHTSA to make “under-ride bars” on the back of semi-trailers mandatory. The bar is the one you see on the back side of all trailers, the one just below the rear compartment doors.

Now what Jayne Mansfield didn’t have in her day were cell phones and the distraction of text messages. And I have to wonder if the driver of the Cadillac wasn’t texting while driving. Distracted driving is the cause of many rear end collision cases that we see.

NHTSA – Under-ride Bar – Semi-Tractor Trailer Safety Features

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