Fewer Truck-Involved Deaths Occur in 1999

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that 5,362 people were killed in truck-involved crashes in 1999, which is about 1% less that in 1998. NHTSA's report updated figures the agency had released in March 2000, showing 5,203 truck-related fatalities in 1999.

NHTSA spokesman Tim Hurd said the number rose after states reported additional deaths.

The 1999 figure still shows that the number of people killed in accidents involving trucks dropped for the second consecutive year during 1999. According to the statistics, 230,000 more trucks were on the nation's highways in 1999 than 1998.

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