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Wisconsin trucking company in pedestrian accident

An 18-wheeler ran over an elderly pedestrian in a recent incident highlighting the dangers of tractor-trailers.

The semi is owned by a Wisconsin trucking company, though the truck accident was far from La Crosse; it took place in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

The victim was an 88-year-old woman, according to media reports. She was listed in serious condition at a nearby hospital after undergoing surgery.

The 88-year-old was using a walker as she made her way across a crosswalk in front of the big rig stopped at an intersection. When the traffic light turned green, the truck driver drove his vehicle into the intersection.

According to a local newspaper, the woman realized the truck was bearing down on her, so she tried to get out of its way by backing up. However, the front of the truck clipped her and then a rear wheel of the truck's cab ran over her.

A witness to the accident jumped out of the passenger seat of a car, ran over and pulled the woman to safety before the truck's trailer's tires ran over her.

He also shouted to the truck driver to stop the vehicle.

The driver was later ticketed for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

The local newspaper noted that blood stains marked the spot on the street where the accident happened.

Investigators in these kinds of incidents look at a number of factors, including whether or not the driver was intoxicated, distracted or fatigued in an effort to uncover why he wasn't paying attention to what was going on immediately in front of his vehicle.

Source: Southcoasttoday.com: "Elderly woman struck by tractor-trailer" by Brian Fraga: Aug. 19, 2011

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