Tractor-Trailer Chase Crosses State Line, Fiery Wreck Ensued
YADKIN COUNTY, NC – According to an online news report at wcnc.com, an 18-wheeler chase that crossed over the state line from Virginia to North Carolina resulted in a fiery wreck.*
The chase began on Interstate 81 in Southwest Virginia earlier this week. The Virginia state police initially attempted to stop the tractor-trailer because it was driving in a left lane restriction area. Big rigs are not allowed to be in the left lane on Interstate 81.
Despite the police’s efforts to stop the truck, the driver continued going, and was initially located 40 miles from the border of North Carolina when the chase began. The driver went from Interstate 81 to Interstate 77 southbound. The police cruisers were hit and sustained minor damage in the incident. No trooper sustained injuries in the chase.
The Virginia State Highway Patrol pursued the trucker until he got to the border of North Carolina. The Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office is now on the case. North Carolina deputies threw “Stop Sticks” on the roadway, causing the truck to have slashed tires. The driver continued to drive on the truck’s rims, which caused them to start on fire and ignite the truck. The asphalt was badly damaged as a result of the accident.
The driver is currently in custody and is facing numerous charges in both Virginia and North Carolina. There are no further details on the crash at this time. The incident remains under investigation by local authorities.
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