Robert Edlund Killed in Knoxville, TN, Truck Accident
Knoxville, TN -- July 13, 2017, Robert Edlund suffered fatal injuries as the result of an accident where he was struck by another semi.
Authorities release preliminary details surrounding the fatal accident. They say that it happened at a rest area or truck stop in Knoxville where the victim had stopped.
Reports indicate that 57-year-old Robert Edlund was at the stop with his son, Jacob. They were both working as FedEx contractors at the time and had pulled over to switch drivers.
Edlund was beside his cab while washing the truck's windshield. Beside them, another semi-trailer apparently did not see them as it began to pull forward. As a result, it came into contact with Edlund, pinning him between the truck and the trailer.
Due to this, Edlund suffered critical injuries. EMS were able to transport him to a nearby hospital, but he eventually succumbed to his injuries.
It's not clear at this time if the other driver stayed at the scene. No further information has been released.
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There has been some confusion in reports about whether this occurred at a rest area or a truck stop. Regardless of which it was, the one thing that anyone should expect at one of these locations is pedestrians walking to, from, and around their vehicles.
I'll bet that the trucking company of the driver who hit Mr. Edlund will try to argue, "There was no way the driver could have seen him. It was just a freak accident." This argument simply doesn't fly. Drivers have to treat rest areas and truck stops like one giant crosswalk--there could be a pedestrian around the vehicle at any time, so drivers must be aware of their surroundings and keep an eye out for them before attempting to drive. If they fail to do so, then they should be held accountable.
--Grossman Law Offices