Crash Between Garbage Truck and Another Vehicle Result in One Death

WASHINGTON COUNTY, IL- writes that a man from Marissa, Illinois died in a traffic accident in Washington County. The crash took place at the intersection of County Highway 13 and County Highway 6 at about 4 in the afternoon on Monday, January 14, 2019.*

The victim was identified as 51-year-old Randall J. Koeller who was traveling in a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche. Koeller was traveling east when he failed to come to a stop at a stop sign and entered the intersection at which point his vehicle washit by a garbage truck that was traveling south.

Koeller’s vehicle ended up on the side of the road in a field where it overturned. The garbage truck also ended up in a field.

Koeller died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the truck, 52-year-old Willie E. Willis sustained injuries and was taken to the Washington County Hospital and then later transferred to the St. Louis University Hospital with injuries that are life-threatening.

Fatal accidents between cars and large trucks typically involve the person in the smaller vehicle being killed. In fact, when large trucks and passenger vehicles are involved in deadly collisions with one another, the victims are the people in the passenger vehicles 97 percent of the time. The massive size of large trucks and their weight, which is often about 20 or 30 times that of a passenger vehicle, make them incredibly hazardous to smaller vehicles.

Because of how much they weigh, it can take about 20 or 40 percent farther for a truck to come to a stop than it does for a smaller vehicle. This makes it impossible for these vehicles to stop short in the event of an emergency.

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