North Carolina residents may be interested in learning some facts pertaining to accidents involving dump trucks. Industry and federal regulators have worked together to minimize accidents by limiting driver fatigue as well as taking advantage of modern technology to keep a close watch on what happens to drivers while they are on the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging motorists to drive safely this holiday season and all yearlong. Their "Don't Wreck The Holidays" campaign is specifically aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. According to the NHTSA, during December, from 2013-2017, 28 percent of those killed in crashes died in wrecks involving drunk drivers. Injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes are 100 percent preventable.
On Tuesday morning, a person was injured in an apparent one-vehicle crash on I-240 in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the eastbound lane of the highway, near the 74A exit, at about 11:00 a.m. Very little information has been released about this one-car crash, but initial reports indicate that the driver lost control of the vehicle and it hit a guardrail. The vehicle overturned near mile marker eight.
Earlier this week, there was a crash involving two semi trucks and two passenger vehicles in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 3:00 a.m., on I-40, in Candler. Very little information has been released about this truck crash, but initial reports indicate that one of the semi trucks may have hit black ice. The tractor-trailer jack knifed, and caused a chain reaction crash with the semi truck behind it and another two vehicles.
North Carolina residents who keep up with advances in vehicle safety technology have no doubt already heard of external airbags. Like self-driving cars, this technology is far from becoming a reality since the technology has yet to be perfected, but some new safety data may encourage car parts manufacturers to pursue a strategy with them.
On Monday, a tractor-trailer in Haywood County overturned on I-40. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened just before 10:45 a.m., near Cold Springs Creek Road. Very few details have been released about this semi truck crash, but we do know that the livestock truck was hauling live pigs. Initial reports indicate that there were at least 100 pigs in the truck at the time of the crash. The truck driver was reportedly headed west on I-40, near MM7, when he lost control of the vehicle.
Last week, there were two fatal wrecks on US 441 in Jackson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, both crashes happened at around the same time on Friday afternoon. The first wreck happened in the southbound lane, when a northbound vehicle hydroplaned. The driver lost control, and the vehicle went into southbound traffic. It hit an oncoming vehicle. A passenger occupant was killed in that crash, and others were rushed to the hospital for treatment of serious life threatening injuries.
On Tuesday morning, there was an injury crash involving a North Carolina Highway Patrol car in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Highway 25, at the intersection of Old Roper Road, sometime before 10:00 a.m. Very little information has been released about this crash, but initial reports indicate that the trooper was patrolling the northbound side of the highway in Henderson County. The trooper reportedly didn't see that an SUV in front of him had slowed down for traffic. The patrol car slammed into the back of the SUV.