MONROE COUNTY, IL- Republictimes.net writes that a man from Red Bush died in a crash between two vehicleson Route 156 at about 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Police reports indicate that 2007 Dodge Durango was heading east when the driver veered off the right side of the road. The driver then overcorrected, causing the vehicle tohit an oncoming Reliable Sanitation garbage truck which was driving west.
The victim was identified as Jesse W. Moll, 37, of Red Bud. Moll died at the scene of the collision.
The driver of the garbage truck, a 38-year-old man from Waterloo, sustained minor injuries in the collision and was taken to Mercy South for treatment.
The crash shut down Route 156 until around 8 in the evening.
Head-on collisions involve incredible forces because the vehicles are traveling towards one another. When vehicles strike each other at a speedhigher than 43 miles per hour, there is a high risk of fatalities. While research has indicated that the human body is simply not able to handle the force of these types of crashes even at modest speeds, many roads have posted speed limits above 40 miles per hour but do not have any form of barrier or median in the middle of the road that separates the lanes of traffic. Lowering speed limits and installing center medians could save many lives in the United States every year. However, since road safety has not caught up to research, drivers can decrease their chances of being in a fatal head-on crash by not driving on streets with high-speedlimits and no center barriers.
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