Trucker Facing Charges in Fatal Wreck that Killed Three
IREDELL COUNTY, NC- Wsoctv.com writes that a truck crashed into a construction site killing three workers this week in Iredell Country. The incident also shut down Interstate 40. Reports indicate that the collision took place in the very early morning near Statesville.*
The workers who died in the crash were replacing the guardrail along the side of the road. North Carolina Department of Transportation hired the victims’ contractor to complete the project.
The truck involved was a 2019 Freightliner that suffered severe damage to its front when it crashed into a construction vehicle. The box truck struck the rear of the construction vehicle with a heavy impact that caused the construction vehicle to collide with another construction truck crushing the three men who were in between the stationary vehicles.
The workers were in the right lane, which was closed at the time of the crash. Police stated that the 27-year-old in the box truck was heading westbound when he caused the tragic wreck. The three victims were declared dead at the scene.
Police stated that the workers were all from Georgia. They included two 20-year-old men and one 21-year-old man. The driver did not sustain severe injuries in the crash. He struck a crash cushion and an arrow board that was marking the stationary vehicle.
The trucker is now facing three-counts of death by motor vehicle, which is a misdemeanor. Alcohol does not appear to have been a contributing factor.
Troopers stated that the construction equipment was marked with all appropriate and required lighting at the time. Drivers must pull over and/or slow down when they see those indications.
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