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Big rigs still a danger to nationís motorists

Road conditions were not ideal early Thursday morning as the Valley area battled the effects of a mild winter storm. Motorists traveling south on Interstate 65 at Lacon saw what may have been the result of poor road conditions.

But even in ideal driving conditions, the area where two tractor-trailer rigs apparently collided isnít a good place for big trucks to attempt to pass. The surface is bumpy and the road twists a bit. State Trooper Sgt. Terry Ware said one attempting to pass appeared to result in the 3:22 a.m. collision.

The tangled wreckage kept northbound traffic backed up for most of the day as authorities routed motorists through Falkville. It also stopped rail traffic and did a yet-to-be-determined amount of damage to the road.

It is not unusual to see a big rig overturned on an interstate, clogging traffic and often resulting in fatalities. Their size and inability to maneuver and brake make big rigs more of a threat.

Neither of the drivers in this crash may have done wrong but thatís still not a good place to pass in any weather.

Alabama is doing a good job of slowing the speed of big trucks but these wrecks continue to happen. To protect other motorists, the state needs to find out why so many of these rigs crash.

The nation has an army of good, skilled operators on the road, but others are more interested in getting from Point A to Point B than in safety.

One national statistic shows that a person is killed or injured every 16 minutes in a big-rig accident.

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