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Accident Report Detail

Rear-End Crash Involving Truck-Tractor Semitrailer and Sport Utility Vehicle

Executive Summary

About 2:15 a.m. MDT on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, a 2004 Toyota Sequoia 7-passenger SUV, occupied by a 22-year-old male driver and 10 passengers, was traveling eastbound in the right lane of US Interstate 70 (I-70) approaching milepost 30.1. The SUV was taking the passengers from Houston, Texas, to Los Angeles, California (one passenger was to be dropped off in Denver, Colorado).​

Probable Cause


The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the Goodland, Kansas, crash was the truck driver’s failure to perceive and take effective action to avoid rear-ending the sport utility vehicle (SUV), due to his fatigue and lack of expectancy to encounter the slow moving SUV on the highway ahead of him. Contributing to the crash was the SUV driver’s decision to continue traveling on the highway at a reduced speed without using his vehicle’s flashing hazard lights to make the slow-traveling SUV more conspicuous to other drivers. Contributing to the severity of the SUV passengers’ injuries were the SUV’s overloaded condition, which resulted in an insufficient number of rear passenger seat belts, and the lack of a collision avoidance system on the truck.

Accident Location: Goodland , KS    
Accident Date: 6/29/2016
Accident ID: HWY16FH017

Date Adopted: 3/8/2018
NTSB Number: HAB-18-01
NTIS Number:  

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