Man Killed After Ameren Truck Crashed into Hillsboro Apartment Building
St. Louis, MO – Thursday evening a man was killed when a utility truck crashed into an apartment building in Hillsboro. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a Southbound vehicle crossed into the Northbound lane of Highway 21, hit the utility truck head-on, and struck another vehicle before crashing into the living room of the apartment building.
Authorities say that the one person was in the apartment building at the time of the accident and was unharmed. The occupant of the vehicle that caused the crash was pronounced dead at the scene, while neither of the two Ameren employees involved in the accident were injured. The driver of the utility truck and the second passenger vehicle were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, while the occupant of the vehicle that caused the accident was unrestrained.
While the accident is still under investigation, authorities say that speeding might have been involved. Residents in the area have reported concerns that the 55 mph speed limit could be too high for that 3.8 mile stretch of Missouri Highway 21. In the past five years, that area has seen 56 crashes.
Residents in the apartment building have been asked to vacate the property until damage to the building has been repaired. Hillsboro authorities have marked the apartment building as unsafe to occupy until further notice. In addition to structural damage, the apartment building suffered pipe and electrical damage.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4,440 large truck were involved in fatal accidents in 2016. The most common causes of commercial truck crashes are distracted driving, driver fatigue, and speeding, which are preventable factors. If you or someone you love has been in a utility truck crash and doesn’t know what to do, contact the Dixon Injury Firm today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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