Trucker Cited After Motorist Dies In Collision With “Illegally Parked” Big Rig
Highland Heights, Kentucky – A motorist lost his life on Tuesday after the pickup truck he was driving slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer police say was illegally parked in an emergency lane along I-275.
Highland Heights Police said Barry Hall, of Loveland, OH, was eastbound on I-275 at approximately 7:50 a.m. near the 74/3 mile marker when the Chevrolet Silverado he was driving struck the rear of a big rig.
Semi-truck driver, Michael Wenzel, of New Carlisle, IN was asleep in the sleeper berth at the time of the collision.
Authorities said Mr. Hall was pronounced dead on the scene. Mr. Wenzel was reportedly uninjured in the crash.
Investigators said it is still unclear what caused Mr. Hall to operate in the emergency lane before slamming into the big rig. Police cited Mr. Wenzel for illegally parking on a limited access highway.
A statement released by Highland Heights Police following the fatal accident did not address why Mr. Wenzel parked the tractor-trailer in the emergency lane. Initial reports by investigators also did not address this.
However, a local news outlet, Fox 19, reported the semi-truck was “broken down” at the time of the crash.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has not yet confirmed with authorities the Fox 19 report is accurate.
Investigators said their investigation is ongoing and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call Campbell County Dispatch Center at 859-292-3622 if you think you can provide assistance.
(featured image courtesy of Fox 19)