Visibility was good and the winter road was in good condition as well. Why then did an 18-wheeler slam into three vehicles?
The fatal truck accident began just past 10 in the morning on Highway 41 in Washington County, authorities said. Two men died after the big rig hit the vehicles they were traveling in.
The Fond du Lac Reporter said the fatal accidents were caused by a truck driver who failed to stop for traffic slowed for an earlier accident involving another semitrailer.
Following a nine a.m. crash on the highway, southbound traffic had slowed to a crawl and was backed up four to five miles, according to the Reporter.
About an hour after the first crash, a big rig driven by a 62-year-old truck driver from Malone was headed south. Unfortunately, the trucker failed to slow for traffic, crashing his vehicle into a sports utility vehicle in the right-hand southbound lane.
The driver of the SUV, a 57-year-old man, was killed by the force of the tractor-trailer.
The SUV was shoved forward by the impact, striking a minivan in the same lane. The 52-year-old Mayville woman driving the van sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.
After striking the van, the big rig crashed into another SUV, this one in the left-hand southbound lane. A 30-year-old Fond du Lac woman was at the wheel; she sustained injuries law enforcement authorities deemed serious.
Her 58-year-old passenger died in the crash.
The large truck then plowed into a delivery van. The driver of the van sustained serious injuries.
Authorities have not stated why the truck driver didn't stop for traffic.
Source: Fond du Lac Reporter: "Names of Fond du Lac people killed in Highway 41 crash released": December 16, 2010