Lessons Can Be Learned from Deadly Accident on Interstate 40 in Raleigh, North Carolina
RALEIGH, NC – According to an online news report at cbs17.com, a chain reaction of accidents that occurred earlier this week closed Interstate 40 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The accidents killed one male, injured three additional people, and caused the roadway to be closed for several hours.*
According to investigators, the first accident involved a truck and a car. A woman involved in the accident exited her vehicle and was standing in the travel lane of the roadway when she was hit by a truck. This caused the truck to overturn and catch on fire, killing the driver.
“I actually got in a crash a while back and I got out of my car but I was on the side so there was some room. No cars were coming on the driver’s side,” said a local resident.
According to a sergeant with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, if there involve no serious injuries and you can move your vehicle, be sure to do so in the shoulder as far away from the road as possible. If you cannot move your car, get out of the vehicle when it is safe to do so and stand on the shoulder as far away from moving vehicles as possible.
“Motorists needs to understand just because they’ve stopped again, that motorist that is coming up behind them that’s driving distracted — looking down at a cell phone, rubbernecking and looking at the crash — they may not see that person standing in the roadway which puts that person in danger,” said the sergeant.
The sergeant further notes that drivers were going about 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. Even though this seems minor, the faster you go, the greater the chances for an accident.
The accident remains under investigation by the local police. There are no further details on the crash at this time.
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