Tragic Crash Kills Two in Wayne County, North Carolina
WAYNE COUNTY, NC- Goldsborodailynews.com writes that students from the University of Mount Olive were involved in a deadly crash that took place in Wayne County this week. The incident occurred overnight at the intersection of Highway 55 and Indian Springs Road.*
According to the state police, a jeep traveling on Indian Springs Road failed to stop at the intersection and was struck on its side by a large truck. Two individuals died in the tragic crash, and at least four other people suffered injuries. Reports indicate that at least some of those injured or killed in the wreck are students from UMO and that some are believed to be women on the school’s lacrosse team. The crash is still under investigation, and the identities of those involved have not been released.
Side-impact collisions killed 23 percent of fatal crash victims in 2018. However, carmakers routinely were earning high marks for side-impact safety. When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety set up tests close to twenty years ago, they were checking how well cars performed when struck on the side by a 3,000-pound vehicle traveling at about 31 miles per hour. The vehicles initially performed poorly on the tests, but automakers responded and added safety features that better protect occupants. Side-airbags and other features have made it so that there is no way to determine the safest vehicles based on the test as nearly all cars earn the highest marks. In response to the fact that the tests are now too easy, and that so many people are still dying in these crashes, the IIHS is adjusting with a heavier weight to match the size of a modern SUV and to increase the speed of the test to 37 miles per hour. The new test will begin in 2020.
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