Last week Kenneth Rogers gave his life in order to avoid crashing in to three passenger vehicles. According to his family, Rogers had been a trucker for four years. The 40-year-old was described as a “strong, courageous person” by his family and “very heroic” by police.
It was just before 11 a.m. on June 19th when the incident occurred. A semi-truck headed southbound on I-94 near Racine, Wisconsin hit a construction barrier, overcorrected, and slammed into the median dividing wall. The truck hit the divider so hard, it pushed it into the northbound lanes.
Three northbound passenger vehicles smashed into the divider and each other. Coming from behind them, also headed North, was Kenneth Rogers’s truck. If he had slammed the brakes or just plowed straight ahead, Rogers might have survived the accident – but the people in the cars in front of him might not have been so lucky.
Instead, Rogers swerved hard right, sending his truck plunging 30 feet off of the highway onto a road below.
“I think this unfortunate, deceased individual is a hero in and of itself by turning down and risking his own life to avoid crashing into innocent people” said Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling. “He turned off the roadway, rather than crashing into three other vehicles and a semi. I would suggest to you that that is very heroic.”
The driver of the first truck which hit the barrier also lost his life in the accident. Rest in peace, drivers.