A North Carolina semi accident has claimed the life of five motorists. NBC4 reported that four died in the pileup Sunday night on I-26. News Channel 7 reported that a 5th victim later died as a result of the accident in Henderson County and that a sixth person remains in critical condition.
The 48-year-old driver is facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury. Additional charges are possible.
Nine cars were involved in the chain-reaction collision just before 11 p.m. Sunday near the Airport Road exit, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The crash closed the highway for more than 7 hours.
Authorities report that seven vehicles were stopped on the highway for another accident involving a dump truck when a tractor-trailer approaching from the rear did not stop and hit three of the vehicles without slowing down. The force of the accident slammed six vehicles into each other and another tractor trailer parked at the front of the accident. The at-fault semi dragged one of the vehicles through the median before finally coming to rest.
Our North Carolina injury lawyers frequently report the dangers large trucks pose to other motorists on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that one of every nine fatal accidents involves a tractor-trailer or other large commercial truck on the road.
In 2008, nearly 400,000 large trucks were involved in accidents that claimed 4,229 lives and injured more than 90,000. North Carolina trucking accidents claimed 143 lives while South Carolina tractor-trailer crashes killed 81.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving all of North and South Carolina, including Hickory, Lenoir, Lincolnton, Greensboro, Hendersonville and Morganton.