Tragic Crash Between Truck and Small Van Kills One in Rowan County
ROWAN COUNTY, SC- Wbtv.com writes that a minivan and a tractor-trailer were involved in a collision in Rowan County this week during the evening. The incident occurred on Highway 601, close to Davie County and north of Salisbury.*
The driver of the van, identified as a 29-year-old man, died in the wreck. The truck driver, identified as a 38-year-old man from Olanta, was not injured in the collision. The victim was heading southbound on the highway when he traveled into the oncoming lanes of traffic. The tractor-trailer struck the driver's side of the van, killing the driver. The victim was the only individual in the van at the time of the crash. The road remained closed for several hours while the incident was investigated, and the scene was cleared. Police are continuing their investigation into the cause of the crash and stated that the circumstances are not yet known.
Head-on crashes are one of the more severe types of wrecks that occur on the road. Cars need not be traveling at high rates of speed for one of these collisions to become deadly. Studies show that at only 43-miles-per-hour a head-on crash is likely to cause deaths. In fact, when cars are tested to determine their safety ratings, the tests for frontal collisions are only carried out at 40-miles-per-hour. While manufacturers would certainly like for their cars to be safer at higher speeds, the forces involved in such an impact are intense, and creating safety features to prevent injuries and deaths in these circumstances has proven difficult. What this means is that even a five-star frontal crash rating really only means a car will protect its occupants effectively up to 40-miles-per-hour.
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