Safety with semis following deadly I-40 accident

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knoxville Police Department is still trying to understand an accident that happened along I-40 by the Cedar Bluff ramp Sunday.

Police said a metal skirt came off of a tractor-trailer and went through a car's window, killing the driver.

Police said they are working to figure out which truck the metal came off of, but it is likely they'll never know. The police department is asking for anyone with any information to reach out either on Facebook @KnoxvillePD or via the phone at 865-215-7000.

"They will work to see if they can determine if they can identify the vehicle that it came from. It will be difficult, but they will continue to give every resource possible to try to identify that vehicle," KPD's Darrell DeBusk said.

This type of accident may not happen often, but it may have you wondering just how safe are semis driving along the interstate?

The Tennessee Truck Driving School said they teach their drivers everything that goes into inspecting a semi. They said, above all, safety of everyone on the road is the most important thing.

Instructor Andy Mcginnis said he teaches drivers everything from pre-trip to post-trip inspections, starting from the front of the semi and working their way all the way down to the tail lights.

He said the more thorough you are the better, because it could prevent an accident on the road.

"Pre-trip inspection, post-trip inspection, checking your vehicle out to make sure it's safe to drive on the interstates, making sure nothing is going to fall off and cause an accident, anything from a small rock that might be stuck in a wheel or tire all the way to the major components like the brakes and suspension steering and things of that nature," Mcginnis said.

Of course, anything can happen, but if inspections are done properly and thoroughly, drivers are more likely to catch a problem before they get on the road.

"Everyone that's out on the highway, we all have to share a road together, so if we can keep the motoring public safe, that is our number one goal achieved. We are taught system by system, component by component, what to inspect, what to look at and what to look for," Mcginnis said.