Semi Truck Hits Minivan Killing Two in Hugo MN
Tragedy struck again in Hugo on Thursday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 59-year-old Carolyn Anderson was stopped on Hwy 61, near Hugo, waiting to turn left, when she was rear-ended by a semi truck. Ms. Anderson died at the scene and an 88-year-old passenger, Rose Bongiovanni, died after being taken to Regions Hospital. A third person in the minivan, Marlene Wanner, 72, is in critical condition at Regions Hospital.
Hwy 61 was closed, in both directions, for three hours. The impact pushed the van into the ditch and the semi truck was angled across the highway. It is still too early to tell if the accident was driver negligence, mechanical malfunction, or speed-related.
The 32-year-old semi truck driver was not injured. He had a clean driving record. The accident is under investigation and charges may be filed.
About Semi Truck Accidents
There are many factors that contribute to semi truck accidents, including driver fatigue, speed, excessive freight, and now all too often truck drivers are texting and driving. Truck drivers are not able to maneuver as quickly or stop as quickly as smaller vehicles, which can contribute to many semi truck accidents.
Under Minnesota law, a semi truck accident is different than a car accident. Truck drivers and the companies they drive for have strict state and federal regulations they must follow. They are required to keep log books, time sheets, truck maintenance records, and inspection records. These records are checked in every semi truck accident and may be crucial to a claim based on the driver’s lack of alertness or fatigue problems.
Additional factors that impact a accident claim involving semi trucks:
- Trucking companies are required to perform background checks prior to hiring drivers.
- Trucking companies are required to do periodic evaluations on their truck drivers to ascertain that their skills and abilities meet state standards.
- Truck drivers are limited on the number of hours that they can drive in a 24-hour period and during a 7-day period.
- Truck drivers are tested regularly, and randomly, for drugs and alcohol.
- Laws require semi trucks to carry higher amounts of insurance coverage.
In a semi truck accident, any violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Act adds weight to the case, providing the basis for establishing fault and proving liability on the part of the truck driver and the trucking company.
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