Louisiana State Troopers say they are looking for the driver of a farm tractor whose actions allegedly caused a major collision between two semi-trucks on Oct. 2. The accident occurred around 7:45 p.m. on Highway 67 near the border between Louisiana and Mississippi.
Troopers say that one semi-truck was driving northbound on the highway while the other was driving southbound. When the two trucks neared each other, both drivers noticed a farm tractor driving in the middle of the road without lights. When both semi-trucks swerved to miss the tractor, they collided head-on with one another, causing severe damage to both trucks.
Instead of stopping, the farm tractor's driver continued driving, fleeing the accident scene. One of the semi-truck drivers, a 40-year-old man, suffered moderate injuries and was airlifted to Baton Rouge for treatment at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center. The other truck driver, a 33-year-old man, was not injured. Highway 67 was closed for several hours following the wreck while police conducted their investigation and cleaned up the accident scene.
When a car or truck accident occurs, all drivers have a duty to stop and, if possible, notify 911 when injuries are involved. At a minimum, people are supposed to exchange insurance information. When a driver leaves the scene of an accident, he or she could face criminal as well as civil liability for his or her actions in doing so. Victims may want to consult with a personal injury attorney to file a claim for compensatory damages such as medical bills, property losses, income losses and pain and suffering.
Source: WAFB, "Troopers say farm tractor with no lights caused two 18-wheelers to crash", Josh Auzenne , October 02, 2014