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Family of Four Dies in Trucking Accident

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I just picked up this very sad story from the Joplin Globe. Apparenlty a family of 4 from Joplin was driving to Dallas when a Semi (truck) struck them from behind at a stop light.

Sgt. Brent Crittenden of the Pryor (Okla.) Police Department said witnesses reported that the Hayes’ vehicle stopped about 1:15 p.m. for a traffic light at U.S. Highway 69 and Southeast 49th Street.

“The family had pulled up to the stoplight in the right-hand lane,” Crittenden said. “They were then struck from behind by the rig headed southbound.”

Crittenden said authorities are not releasing the name of the driver or the trucking company, pending further investigation.

He said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will assist with an accident re-creation before officials decide whether to file any charges against the truck driver, who is a 53-year-old man from Mesa, Ariz. He was driving on business and apparently was not under the influence of any intoxicants, Crittenden said.

“Right now, the report is pending,” he said. “We want to do a complete reconstruction of the accident to determine exactly what happened before we request charges.”

The truck driver was still in a Mayes County hospital as of Monday afternoon. Charges, if any, would be filed by the end of the week, Crittenden said.

Our prayers are with the family. as a lawyer, we see a lot of bad accidents and deaths, nonetheless, each time I hear news like this it breaks my heart as a father of three girls.