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Truck driver charged in accident that killed police officer

Because driving a semi-truck in Lacrosse, Wisconsin is an entirely different ballgame than driving a regular sized vehicle, truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in order to do so legally. Before obtaining a CDL, applicants must pass a medical examination, take and pass a written test and take and pass a skills test meant to assess the driver’s ability to control the truck and knowledge of how to properly inspect the vehicle. This process is set in place in order to ensure that truck drivers are properly trained and can operate a tractor trailer in as safe a manner as possible.

Yet even with training, sometimes accidents still occur. This was the case for a truck accident that occurred on the Tri-State Tollway last spring. A 26-year-old truck driver evidently fell asleep while he was driving and drifted to the left shoulder of the road. He crashed into a police officer’s car, causing both vehicles to catch fire. Though the truck driver attempted to free the 28-year-old policeman from the car his efforts were in vain. The officer died on the scene.

The truck driver has been charged with three felony commercial driving violations, but no reckless homicide charges. His bond was set at $125,000.

The family of the police officer killed in this accident may wish to consult with a lawyer about filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver. They may be entitled to compensation for his death, including the pain and suffering he went through and his funeral expenses.

Source: WGNTV, “$125K bond for truck driver charged in crash that killed state trooper,” Julian Crews, Nov. 13, 2013

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