The St. Louis area truck crash on June 2, 2010 killed two people, and the truck driver is being blamed. The accident happened in Jefferson County, Missouri, around 12:30 on Interstate 55. A 28 year old woman from Festus Missouri and a 52 year old man, who was believed to be a transient worker, were killed. The accident involved 8 vehicles.
The truck driver was Jay Valentine from Texas. He reported that he took his eyes off the road, and when he returned his attention to the roadway, traffic had slowed. He was unable to stop in time before hitting the vehicles. He had attempted to swerve, but was unable to avoid colliding with a Ford Focus, which set off a chain reaction that left 2 dead and others suffering personal injury.
The crash has been compared to the one in July 2008, where three people were killed in a trucking accident on Highway 40. Again, driver inattention was to blame in that case. Truck drivers should not let the long hours on the road lead to complacency while driving. Instead, given that they are driving large, heavy pieces of machinery, truck drivers should use extra caution even above and beyond that used by other drivers. A mere second of driver inattention in a large, semi truck can have catastrophic results.