A deadly collision between a hyperbola cruise vehicle and a semi-trailer driver on a busy stretch of highway in the US has raised fresh questions about how cruise vehicles and semi-trucks operate in an age of automated technology.
The collision happened on Interstate 80 in Kansas on Tuesday night, and was caught on dashcam video by a car driving by the scene, which was visible from the road.
The vehicle collided with the semi-structured vehicle that was also travelling in the opposite direction.
A preliminary report on the collision by the Kansas State Patrol said that the semi was traveling at a speed of about 80kmph (49mph) and that the car was travelling at a more leisurely speed of 30kmph.
The semi was travelling along a two-lane highway when the crash happened.
“The driver and passenger were not wearing helmets,” the report said.
“While the driver and passengers did not suffer any injuries, the vehicle impacted a semi in a manner that led to the crash.
The crash caused significant damage to the vehicle and was not survivable.”
The semi-tracked car, which is in the process of being repaired, was travelling about 50kmph down the highway when it crashed.
“During the crash, the driver’s vehicle veered into the left lane of traffic, causing a collision with a semi,” the Kansas Highway Patrol said in a statement.
“A semi-railroad passenger vehicle struck the driver in the right front quarter panel and rear bumper, resulting in minor injuries.”
The passenger in the semi had minor injuries.
The highway patrol did not say how long the crash lasted.
“The driver of the semi struck the semiautonomous system of the passenger vehicle causing a serious injury to the driver,” the agency said.
The report said that “an accident reconstruction vehicle was brought in to assist with the investigation.”
According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, hyperbolas have become the preferred mode of transport for vehicles on highways, with a large number of them operating in congested and sometimes dangerous conditions.
The vehicles have also been accused of operating in traffic circles and dangerous intersections.
The US Federal Aviation Administration has been investigating the accident, which happened on a highway in Missouri that has been designated a state highway by the US Department of Transport.
The accident prompted an online petition calling for a crash investigation and compensation for the passengers and crew of the driver of a hyperbolas in the same state, which has not been named.
A spokesman for the Kansas DOT said the highway patrol would be reviewing the crash report.
“We’ll have to determine if the NTSB investigation is appropriate, and if there’s a sufficient number of witnesses,” the spokesman said.
“It’s too soon to say if the crash will result in a lawsuit or if there will be a trial.”