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Truck driver charged with vehicular homicide

A truck accident in western Nebraska has claimed the lives of a young family. ABC News reports that a mother, father and children aged 3, 1 and 2 months were killed in a July 31st crash. The family was making its way from Minnesota to a missionary training program in Colorado. They’d hoped to move to Japan for the next several years to work as missionaries.

Authorities say the crash occurred in a construction zone along westbound interstate 80. The regular speed limit of 75 miles per hour had been reduced to 65 mph, but a semitrailer truck failed to slow down. The truck slammed into the back of the family’s minivan, a collision that killed all five family members. The forward momentum of the van pushed the vehicle into several other cars. The driver of the van immediately in front of the family was also killed in the accident.

The truck driver was allegedly distracted and inattentive at the time of the crash. He had been charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide as well as reckless driving.

This crash is said to be one of the worst in the last decade for Nebraska, second only to a 2006 collision between a bus and a train, an accident that claimed the lives of 11 people.

These kinds of accidents are senseless and preventable. No driver – particularly not a professional truck driver – should be so inattentive behind the wheel.

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