Trucker Cited After Pickup Truck Driver Dies in Collision with Illegally Parked Big Rig
Botetourt County, VA – A trucker was cited with multiple offenses after a man driving a pickup truck died when he crashed into a big rig early Wednesday morning along Interstate 81.
According to the Virginia State Police (VSP), the deadly incident occurred at approximately 5:18 a.m. EDT along southbound I-81 near mile marker 158.
Investigators say a trucker, who has not yet been identified, had pulled over along the right side of the roadway to sleep.
Michael Lenden Kreul, 30, of Lexington, VA, was driving a pickup truck, when for unknown reasons, collided into the rear of the rig’s trailer.
Investigators have also not yet indicated the speed Kruel was traveling at the time of the collision.
However, the impact from the crash forced a portion of the mangled pickup truck to partially obstruct the southbound lanes.
The pickup was then hit by a second tractor-trailer also traveling southbound causing Kruel to sustain fatal injuries.
Kruel was initially transported to a nearby hospital where he later passed away.
VSP investigators detailed that the trucker who pulled over to sleep was “illegally parked.”
The driver was cited with a total of four offenses including for not deploying warning triangles or other warning devices as required by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).
It is not yet known if the driver was nearing his daily hour limit when he parked or if he will face criminal charges in addition to the traffic citations.
Following the accident, VSP also cited multiple other truckers who were also parked along that same stretch.
Officials say they will be cracking down on big rigs parking illegally as a result of this incident.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) recently reported on a civil lawsuit filed in Washington by a survivor of a very similar incident.
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