One North Carolina woman is dead following a collision with a truck owned by the state government. Police with the North Carolina Highway Patrol say the truck accident occurred as the victim was driving along NC 24, when she struck the back of a North Carolina Department of Transportation series truck that was parked on the left shoulder of the highway. The rear-end collision with the DOT truck smashed the front of the woman's car and caused its roof to collapse. The workers were unharmed and DOT truck escaped with just a flat tire.
Workers from a local police department were forced to cut the victim's car apart in order to pull her through the top, a process that took around 15 minutes. The woman was then transported to a regional medical care facility to receive treatment for her injuries, the nature of which is currently unknown. She died shortly after being admitted to the hospital.
Police are unsure of what caused the woman to smash into the truck, but suggested that distracted driving may have been involved. One NCHP officer told reporters that investigators are currently examining the victim's cell phone records. The officer explained, "There were a couple of calls in real close proximity to the time of the accident," though he made it clear that the accident was still under investigation. Police were forced to close one lane of the highway for several hours after the accident, as they had to call a flatbed trailer to retrieve the damaged DOT truck.
While waiting for the investigation to be competed there are many scenarios that could have led to this tragic accident. There may also have been preventative actions that could have been taken to have avoided the accident. As indicated by authorities, distracted driving may have played a part. Investigators may also be looking into the location of the DOT truck in proximity to the highway. If roadwork was being completed, did the workers have any cautionary indicators displayed for approaching motorists?
It is always tragic when someone dies in a motor vehicle accident. Hopefully the investigators will be able to piece together the cause(s) of the accident and provide the family and friends of the woman the answers they are no doubt waiting for.
Source: JDNews.com, "Update: Officials ID woman killed in crash," Hope Hodge and Mike McHugh, Dec. 29, 2011