The fiery crash on I-77 killed the trucker and injured two women in a car, one of whom was trapped after the tanker veered into them. Trucks are heavily regulated because of the dangers they pose to other vehicles on the road. Large tanker trucks face additional state and federal regulations aimed at preventing spills or other hazards. Still, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports more than 380,000 large commercial trucks were involved in accidents in 2008. A total of 4,229 people were killed and more than 90,000 were injured.
In North Carolina, 143 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes. South Carolina reported 81 fatal trucking accidents.
In this case, the accident sparked a fire that burned for over an hour and was hot enough to damage the highway’s surface. Work crews are at work this week repaving two of the four southbound lanes. Relatives report that that 35-year-old trucker had been driving fuel tankers exclusively for the past two years. He leaves behind a son and five step-children.
The accident happened about 3 p.m. Monday when the truck collided with a Plymouth sedan. The sedan was being driven in the right lane by a 56-year-old Chester woman who was returning from work with a friend.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the North Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Spartanburg and the surrounding areas.