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Shirlee Johnson Dies in Accident with Semi-Truck on I-75 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky

Rockcastle County, Kentucky — One person died in a collision with a semi-truck on northbound I-75. The incident happened when the passenger vehicle she was traveling in lost control and veered into the path of the semi.

Shirlee Johnson passed away at the scene. The passenger vehicle driver, John Johnson, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

No further details have been provided.

Further details will be released as they become available.

Thoughts on Semi-Trucks Driving in Inclement Weather

This is a complicated crash. Many will assume the driver of the car is wholly at fault for what happened here. However, that is not always the case.

Images of this accident show heavy fog and slick roads. This is a very dangerous weather condition that requires truck drivers and other motorists to exercise extreme caution. Specifically, truck drivers must follow special rules from the federal government that say how and when to drive. Depending on the weather conditions at the time of the crash, the truck may not have been allowed to be on the roadways at all. If it was allowed on the roadways, it may need to have been traveling at slow speeds.  This is because the chance of losing control of a truck or another motorist losing control of their car is much higher in dangerous weather conditions.

The information from the news report does not provide if the truck was properly on the roadway at the time of the crash. A detailed investigation may provide details on this question and provide the family with the answers they deserve.



The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.

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