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Tractor Trailer Crash Injures Two From Local City

A Johnson County Missouri tractor trailer crash injured two Oak Grove, Missouri residents on April 27, 2011. The Missouri big rig accident occurred on US-50, just west of MO-13, at 4:56pm.

Truck driver Douglas E. Thibodeaux from Lebanon, Missouri drove a 2000 International westbound on US-50 late Wednesday afternoon. Thibodeaux caused a Missouri truck accident when he attempted to change lanes. Thibodeaux crashed the massive tractor trailer that he operated into the rear of a 2004 Dodge driven by Asia M. Couchman from Oak Grove, Missouri.

Couchman and her passenger, Jackie L. Couchman, both suffered personal injuries in the Missouri trucking accident. They were transported to the Western Missouri Medical Center by Johnson County EMS. The injured parties all wore their safety devices during the accident. Both vehicles sustained minor damage.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, charges were pending an investigation by Warrensburg Police. Authorities conduct a number of inquiries into a Missouri trucking accident. The primary emphasis of accident investigation is discovering whether a law was violated. If a law could have been violated, the investigation seeks proof of violation for each element of the offense. For example, Missouri law enforcement officials will test surviving drivers for intoxication if there is suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Authorities investigate the scene of the trucking accident to determine what caused the Missouri truck accident. Skid marks may indicate the velocity, direction, and position of the vehicles before and during the crash. Damaged or broken vehicle parts can illuminate which sections of the vehicles sustained impact forces during the accident. If the drivers in the accident do not own the vehicles in question, the authorities must investigate their relationship to the owners. Investigators must gather information to make official crash reports, including statements from drivers, occupants, and witnesses.