A North Carolina woman and her 1-year-old child are dead following a fatal collision with a semi-truck hauling 15 tons of concrete. Emergency response personnel who arrived at the crash site to help the victims extended their sympathies to the victims' family. One firefighter explained, "Anytime we deal with something like this it is really tough for our guys. And always our thoughts are with the family and what they may be going through."
While the precise cause of the fatal trucking accident has not been confirmed, witnesses believe the crash may have occurred after the victim attempted to overtake another vehicle in a passing zone. The driver of the truck reportedly attempted to avoid the victim's car by veering off the roadway, but was unable to avoid a collision. According to North Carolina state troopers, both victims were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The portion of the highway on which the accident occurred was shut down for close to six hours as investigators examined the crash site and a cleanup crew removed wreckage from the crash.
One man, who lives about 100 yards from the crash site, described feeling the crash shake their house and hearing it over the sound of his television. He and his wife then ran outside to help the victims. The man apparently shattered the passenger side window of the car in order to reach the victim, failing to see the fatally wounded infant in the backseat due to the extensive damage.
Many North Carolina drivers are hurt and even killed in accidents involving tractor-trailers every year. Victims and their families may be able to recover compensation for their injuries or losses. Those affected by this type of tragedy may benefit from knowing their rights when it comes to dealing with a roadway accident.
Source: KSDK, "Tisa Strickland, Payton Strickland killed in head-on crash with tractor-trailer," Brandie Piper and Dave Faherty, May 30, 2012