Deadly Truck Accident Highlights Dangers of Texting

Federal investigators announced today that a 19-year-old pickup truck driver involved in a deadly highway accident in Missouri in August 2010 sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before his truck crashed into the back of tractor trailer at 55 mph.

The driver sent six texts and received five texts, with the last text just before the crash. The crash began a chain collision when the pickup was rear-ended by a school bus, which in turn was rammed by a second school bus.

The pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on one of the school buses were killed, and 38 other people were injured.

This is just another tragic example of how texting dangerously distracts drivers of cars and trucks.