Semi-Truck Collision Slows Traffic on Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina (SC)
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC- Wspa.com writes that a crash occurred on Interstate 85 North this week that involved a semi-truck. The incident took place overnight close to Exit 88. Reports included few details regarding the incident. According to police, one injury was reported.*
Lanes reopened within hours of the wreck, but delays persisted while crews were still working to clear up the crash scene.
Deadly collisions involving trucks increased in 2019 even as other types of collisions dropped. While the percent of fatalities only rose by one percent, trucks were the only category that did not see a drop in such tragedies. The data suggests that the commercial industry is in need of more work to reduce risks to drivers and others on the road.
Overall, in 2019, traffic-related fatalities dropped by 1.2 percent. In total, 440 fewer people died in vehicle accidents in 2019 than were killed in 2018. The numbers represent the third year in a row in which such fatalities declined. The improvements are even more significant when viewed as crash fatalities per mile. The number of miles driven increased last year, meaning the rate of crash deaths dropped from 1.13 to 1.1. Only one year in the NHTSA’s record-keeping history had a better rate of fatalities per mile.
Sadly, the southeast was the one part of the country where fatal crashes increased. The NHTSA divides states into ten regions. South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida are the southeastern region and the only one of the ten regions that experienced more crash deaths in 2019 than the previous year. Early estimates indicate that the southeast suffered two percent more crash-related fatalities in 2019.
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