Police say the accident occurred March 3rd, on Interstate 94, just west of Hasty, at around 9:45 a.m. at when traffic had slowed due to poor road conditions. Police say the tractor-trailer driver was unable to stop and plowed into a vehicle, setting off a chain of passenger vehicle collisions, the Monticello Times reported.
Holly Hoglund Klein was killed. Three other people involved in the collision suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the Monticello Times.
The tractor-trailer driver was not injured. There is no word on whether he will be cited for the accident.
Police said Interstate 94 was icy at the time of the accident. Both sides of the interstate were closed for two hours after the accident.
In this particular accident, we don’t know what other factors may have played a role in the accident. Similar accidents often involve motorists who are speeding or traveling far too fast for current road conditions. With icy roads, it doesn’t take high speeds to cause a catastrophic accident. Since commercial trucks are large and heavy, they take a long time to stop, especially in adverse weather conditions. Truck drivers have a duty to take the safety and the safety of others into consideration when driving in inclement weather. Failing to do so is negligent and drivers are liable for the injuries of deaths they cause.
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