van attempting to pass a semi along a double yellow line crashed
into an oncoming tractor-trailer, killing eight firefighters in
the van who were returning from battling a wildfire, The Associated
Press reported Aug. 24.
people were injured in the oncoming truck, operated by Phoenix-based
Swift Transportation Co.
of the eight dead were from the small town of Roseburg, OR, according
to televised reports, and all but one of them were under 27 years
of age. Law-enforcement officials told The AP the crash occurred
about 15 miles west of the town of Vale. The area rests along the
eastern border of the state, close to Idaho.
van attempted to pass the other truck along a curved section of
the highway with a double yellow line. After the wreck, The AP said, both the van and the truck cab were destroyed.
this, does anyone honestly think it’s a good idea to have split
speed limits that promote and encourage vehicles to pass more often,”
Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent
Drivers Association, said. “It’s never in the interest of highway
safety to have different vehicles traveling at different speeds,