Most collisions between passenger vehicles and tractor trailers involve
much more serious injury to the occupants of the passenger vehicle (over
90%). But, it would be unfair to assume that all such accidents are always
caused by the driver of the tractor trailer. Springfield Missouri injury
lawyers are following one such case of a tractor trailer accident near
In this accident, a 2001 Hyundai SUV driven by Joseph W. Chatfield, 24,
of LaBelle, crossed into the path of a 2010 International Tractor Trailer
carrying a full load of high-octane gasoline. The resulting collision
led to 8,000 gallons of fuel spilled all over the roadway, and a 12-hour
The Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report indicated that Chatfield
suffered from a medical condition. However they did not indicate whether
this condition led to the crash, or if the medication he was taking for
the condition led to impaired judgment, which then led to the crash.
Chatfield, who was wearing a seat belt, sustained moderate injuries and
was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center by Adair County Ambulance.
The tractor trailer overturned, coming to rest on its side on the south
side of Highway 6. Fortunately, the road was closed before the fuel spill
caused any other accidents, and a haz-mat team was called to the scene
to clean up the roadway. The tractor trailer driver was not injured.