One Person Killed After interstate 40 Crash
Knoxville, TN (October 30, 2020) Law enforcement reports that one man was killed following a deadly car accident on Interstate 40 East close to Rutledge Pike on the afternoon of October 30th. The Knoxville Police Department reports that the accident occurred when a Toyota Sequoia struck the back of a tractor-trailer. The Toyota driver is reported to have not noticed that the truck had begun to slow down and tried to avoid the collision. The Toyota’s driver was pronounced dead at the crash scene, while a passenger in the vehicle received minor injuries. The tractor-trailer’s driver was fortunately not injured in the accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in the lead-up to rear-end collisions, drivers are often engaged in one of many secondary tasks. The agency identified over 60 specific activities in which drivers were involved prior to rear-end collisions. While no one set of activities accounted for all or most accidents, the two most common are driving-related inattention (which occurs when a driver adjust the mirrors or performs other fine-tuning of vehicle equipment) and internal distraction (which occurs when a driver reaches for an object in a vehicle or something else inside the vehicle takes the drivers attention off the road).
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