Crash Involving Trucks Causes Delays on Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina (SC)
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC- Wyff4.com writes that a collision involving multiple trucks occurred on Interstate 85 this week in Spartanburg County. The trucks collided close to Highway 290 in the mid-morning.*
It appears that individuals were injured in the collision, but the exact nature of their injuries is not clear. Based on photos from the scene, it appears that three trucks were involved, if not more. The wreck led to long delays on Interstate 85 in both directions.
One officer reported that there was debris on the ground, including metal screws that were covering the pavement. Some of the lanes reopened by early afternoon, but emergency vehicles and debris could still be seen near the site. The road was not completely reopened until late afternoon.
A statement from one of the involved companies confirmed that their driver was in a collision and sustained injuries. According to that company, the only person they know was hospitalized was their driver.
In 2019, fatalities caused by crashes involving large trucks increased, even as other types of deadly collisions dropped.
Nationally, crash-related fatalities declined by an estimated 1.2 percent. At the same time, large truck-related wrecks rose by one percent. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, their agency is working to improve safety on the road. Some of the efforts that the FMCSA consider are regulations for hours of service and ways in which new driver assistant technologies might help prevent crashes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also reported that out of its ten designated geographic regions, nine experienced declines in fatal crashes. The one exception was the southeast, which includes Georgia, along with South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee. In those states, the number of fatalities caused by traffic crashes increased by two percent.
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