Deadly Truck Crashes

Monday, March 12th 2007, 12:03 pm
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Oklahoma is the third most deadly state in the nation for big truck crashes according to a nationwide study.

The group Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, or CRASH, says only Wyoming and Arkansas had more deadly truck accidents per 100,000 residents than Oklahoma.

Wyoming had more than six deadly crashes per 100,000 people while Arkansas had more than four per 100,000 and Oklahoma was just under 3.5.

Rhode Island and Massachusetts are rated the safest states.

The numbers are from the year 2005.

CRASH wants the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to increase federal regulations for big rigs. The proposals include reducing the number of hours truckers can drive without rest, better driver training and more safety inspections of big rigs.