|A truck driver in Sterling Heights, MI, has been charged with manslaughter after his involvement in a fatal truck accident. The accident, which took place on April 18, resulted in the death of a U.S. Steel employee in Ecorse.
Miho Saljic, 48, who works for ALCO Transportation, has been accused of backing up a semitrailer and hitting 41-year-old Heather Deshawn Warren.
Warren had been directing trucks in the loading area at U.S. Steel around 1 p.m. She was killed instantly.
Warren’s sister, Sheryl Warren, explained the incident to a local newspaper. “He backed up, he didn’t see my sister and he ran her over. She was pinned between two semi-trucks.”
Warren was from Inkster and had been working at U.S. Steel for about three years, according to family members. Warren is survived by her mother, four sisters, one brother and several nieces and nephews.
U.S. Steel issued a statement to the public saying, “We take the safety of our employees very seriously and we will work closely with other United Steelworkers and other agencies in the investigation.” The statement also expressed the company’s “deepest sympathies” to Warren’s family.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said that Saljic could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter. He was released on personal bond after his arraignment in the 26th District Court in Ecorse.
Each year in the United States, around 4,000 people die as the result of truck accidents. Not all are semi truck accidents, however.
A recent accident in Sioux Falls, SD, resulted in one person taken to a hospital after a concrete truck rolled over. The man was injured, but he was conscious and alert at the time of the accident, which occurred on Interstate 29 on the morning of April 22.
However, tractor trailers and semi trucks can cause some of the most deadly accidents, especially considering the size and weight of the vehicles.
Another accident this week on Maryland’s Eastern Shore resulted in three deaths after two semi trucks collided head-on.
One of the trucks had cross the center line and sideswiped a second tractor trailer before hitting a third head-on. One of the semis burst into flames.
The driver of the first truck and his passenger died at the scene, along with the driver of the second truck.