58-year-old Danny Hall was traveling westbound on U.S. 36 in Macon County, Missouri, carrying a load of puppies for the canine breeding and brokerage business he and his wife owned and operated. Mr. Hall was slowed in traffic congestion. The W.W. Transport driver failed to reduce his speed as the conditions demanded and the semi-tractor violently struck the rear of Mr. Hall's 2001 Ford Van, pushing it into a bridge railing, where it overturned. The fuel lines servicing the generator were breached in the impact, and the vehicle caught fire, trapping Danny inside. A medical examiner later determined the cause of death was as a result of the fire. This case was tried in the U.S. District Court in Missouri.