4 Dead After 3 Separate Rear-Ending Incidents in North Carolinaby Jana Ritter - Published: 10/21/2016
Three tragic accidents have occurred within days in North Carolina involving motorists rear-ending semi-trucks and vice versa. The most recent accident happened Friday morning at around 2:30 am at the intersection of I-85 and Little Rock Road in west Charlotte, NC. According to police, a passenger vehicle hit the rear of a tractor-trailer and both vehicles pulled over to the side of the highway. The truck driver (whose name has not yet been released) got out of his cab and began walking towards the passenger vehicle to check on the driver’s well being. However, as the Good Samaritan truck driver was walking on the interstate's right lane, another tractor-trailer came along and ran him over. The truck driver was killed instantly and the second truck driver and motorist were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
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Three motorists also lost their lives on Wednesday, after a chaotic chain of events occurred along Interstate 95 in Johnston County, NC. According to the State Highway Patrol, it all started at around 12:00 pm with a single vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer driving off the road and into a line of trees. The truck driver was left pinned in his truck for hours as rescue crews worked to get him out of the cab and as a result, traffic in both the north and southbound lanes were slowed to a standstill. But things escalated into a far worse situation at about 12:30 pm when a recreational vehicle rear-ended a tractor-trailer that had been slowed by the delay near Exit 95 in Smithfield. The truck driver had been on the job, transporting dry chemicals and the impact caused the chemicals to ignite into a massive inferno. Fortunately the truck driver survived, but the driver of the RV died at the scene and the toxic smoke burned for hours, forcing the evacuation of homes, businesses and schools within a mile of the crash site.
With the traffic backed-up even worse on both sides of I-95, a third crash happened at around 2:25 pm and took two more lives. According to the Highway Patrol, this time it was a tractor-trailer failing to stop before hitting an RV from behind in the northbound lanes near Exit 88. Tragically, the final crash of the day resulted in the deaths of two RV passengers; 36 year-old Christopher Michael Porter and 30-year-old Mitchell Alan Vandenburg.