VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAFETY CRASH INVESTIGATION TEAM REPORT NO. 113--OCTOBER, 1979
Before dawn on 28 June 1979, a Ford Mustang two-door sedan collided with a parked stock transport tractor-semitrailer at approximately 100 mph, resulting in the death of the Ford driver, total loss of his vehicle, and extensive damage to the tractor-trailer. The 17-year-old driver, who was being pursued by a police vehicle, swerved from the left lane into the tractor-trailer without braking or defensive maneuvers. Probable cause of the accident was a combination of chronic and acute stress, marijuana, and fatigue. Suicide was a possible motive for the driver's actions. It was concluded that the tractor-trailer should have been removed completely from the interstate highway. Recommendations are offered concerning observance of the posted speed limit; stopping when signaled by a police officer; education for drivers on the effects of stress, fatigue, and drugs (marijuana); laws imposing a severe penalty for possession of marijuana in a vehicle; and non-emergency stopping of vehicles on highways.
Virginia Department of Transportation Safety300 Turner Road
Richmond, VA United States 23225
- Publication Date: 1979
- Pagination: 29 p.
- TRT Terms: Crash investigation; Drivers; Fatigue (Physiological condition); Marijuana; Stress (Psychology); Suicide; Teenage drivers
- Subject Areas: Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00390956
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Report/Paper Numbers: CIT-113, HS-028 021U
- Files: HSL, USDOT
- Created Date: Dec 30 1984 12:00AM