PONTIAC, IL- The pontiacdailyleader.com reports that a semi-truck collided with a passenger vehicle on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at a little before 8 a.m. at the intersection of North Street and Locust Street.
The collision occurred when the driver of thetruck James Jorgensen, 47, was driving west when he reportedly ignored the yield sign on North Street where it intersects with Locust Street. Two 18-year-old women from Pontiac driving in a 2007 Hyundai Sonata were traveling southbound on Locust Street. The two vehicles collided in the intersection.
Both occupants of the Hyundai suffered serious injuries and were transported to OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center. The exact injuries sustained by the two women were not reported but were considered “Type A: Incapacitating” injuries, as classified by the Illinois Traffic Crash Report Manual. Injuries in this category are not fatal, but prevent the individual from “walking, driving, or normally continuing the activities he/she was capable of performing before the injury occurred.”
Both victims were releasedfrom the hospital following treatment.
Police stated that the truck driver’s failure to yield was the primary cause of the collision. Jorgensen received a citation for failing to yield.
In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that intersections account for around 40% of total traffic accidents. About one-third of these collisions occur at intersections controlled by stop signs. In the majority of these crashes (70%), a driver either runs straight through the signor stops but does not yield to the other driver. Most drivers claim that they stopped but did not see the other vehicle.
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