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Tractor-trailer crash kills 6-year-old North Carolina boy

Tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks are imposing vehicles that can cause serious damage if involved in a crash. For this reason, there are federal regulations in place surrounding the operation and maintenance of these monstrous vehicles. However, when drivers or truck manufacturers fail to adhere to federal rules or traffic laws, devastating accidents can occur.

On Monday, a violent truck accident claimed the life of a North Carolina boy. He was only 6 years old.

The accident took place around 11:30 Monday night. A North Carolina family - a mother, her 6-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter - was driving their Buick sedan west near Burlington. They were driving in the lane next to a tractor-trailer, when the commercial truck began to merge into their lane. The truck slammed into the family's sedan, sending it off the road and into a nearby fence.

The impact of the crash caused the vehicle to flip, throwing the young boy from the car. The truck did not stop.

The young boy was taken to a hospital in Chapel Hill. He died there two days later. Both the mother and the 2-year-old girl were injured in the crash, but the extent of their injuries is not clear at this time.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says it is continuing to search for the hit-and-run truck.

This tragedy is a clear example of the severe impact a truck accident can have, not only on the victim, but on the victim's family and friends. Witnessing the death of a child is any mother's worst nightmare. Hopefully this accident and others like it will encourage North Carolina truck drivers to take every precaution possible to ensure that they are operating their vehicles safely.

Source: WXII12.com, "6-Year-Old Child Injured In Crash Dies; Driver Sought," Aug. 11, 2011

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