On the 20th of May 2015, a deadly accident happened in I-71 in Greene County, Ohio. The accident claimed the life of 36 years old Robert Major, a truck driver from Augusta, Kentucky. According to Lt. Stan Jordan of Ohio State Highway Patrol, Milan Ilic, the 60-year-old driver of the truck that was hit by Major, was going to check for a flat tire and prepared to pull to the side of the road when Major’s semi slammed into his truck around 4:30 in the morning. Major was hauling 40,000 lbs. of steel coil at the time of the incident; the steel coil slid toward the front and crushed the truck’s cab which resulted to his death. “He apparently didn’t notice and ran into the back of him in full speed,” Lt. Major said. The accident was described by a witness named Robert Vanhoose as ‘one of the worst accidents he’d ever seen’. Vanhoose added that the accident was hard to explain and it will make anyone reflect on their life.
The scene of the accident was horrifying and debris was all over the road which caused the closure of I-71 Northbound lane for more than 5 hours. Because of the severe damage to the truck’s cab nobody thought that someone or something survived the accident. The victim’s body was discovered by emergency responders in the wreckage. They also found Major’s puppy alive and safe which was a big surprise to the crew. Peterbilt, the cute brown and white puppy, survived the fatal crash. He was wrapped in a tiny space inside of the crushed cab. Many believed that his size was the reason why he is still alive; the pup weighs less than ten pounds. The pup is going to be returned to Major’s family, according to his employer.
Despite of the tragic accident we are glad that something positive came out of it and that’s the miracle survival of Peterbilt. May his pet dad rest in peace. The accident is still under investigation. It is not clear if alcohol or drugs is an element of the fatal crash. At the time of the accident both drivers are said to be wearing their seat belts, according to officials.
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