An out-of-state semi-truck accident has left three Rowan County men dead after their sports utility vehicle was struck by an 18-wheeler while they were travelling home from North Dakota. The victims were 24, 25, 27 and 33 years old, respectively, and were returning to North Carolina for the holidays at the time of the accident.
Police say the fatal truck crash occurred on December 20 as the four North Carolina men were traveling eastbound in an SUV. Reports say the driver of the SUV was attempting to pass another vehicle in his lane when the SUV collided with an oncoming tractor-trailer in the westbound lane. All four occupants of the SUV were reportedly killed in the truck accident, while the driver of the semi-truck sustained minor injuries. It is unclear whether the driver was hospitalized.
One of the victim's mothers explained to reporters that her son "had his issues," but had recently done "a total turnaround" by earning a GED at a local community college. With that degree, the man obtained a job at a Midwestern building supplies company. It was this job he was returning from at the time of the accident. His mother explained that the job required him to travel frequently, but allowed him to better provide for his three young children. His mother said that the man spent as much time with his sons as possible and also acted as a father to his younger brother, adding that the entire family was devastated by his death.
Source: Salisbury Post, "Those killed in North Dakota crash were looking forward to being home," Sarah Campbell, Dec. 23, 2011