A worker with the North Carolina Department of Transportation is dead following a dump truck accident on a stretch of state highway that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The accident left the highway closed for several hours after. Authorities have reopened the roadway during daylight hours, but traffic is limited to four-wheel drive vehicles due to potentially hazardous conditions remaining from the recent storms.
According to troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the fatal truck crash occurred as a DOT worker was driving his dump truck on NC 12. The worker then slammed into another DOT truck from behind, causing his vehicle to burst into flames, killing him at the scene. The other driver was transported to a hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries. That worker's truck had broken down in the roadway when the accident occurred, with the mechanic tasked with fixing the vehicle having just arrived. It is unclear what caused the accident, but poor visibility and unsafe road conditions likely contributed to the wreck.
A representative with the DOT issued a statement extending the agency's condolences following the crash. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the [victim's] family during this extremely difficult time," he said in the statement. "The men and women who work to keep NC 12, and all of our highways, safe and open for travel are special people."
Thousands of truck accidents occur in North Carolina each year, many of which are caused by tired, neglectful or otherwise dangerous drivers. Individuals who are hurt in such crashes may be able to secure damages compensating them for their injuries by filing personal injury lawsuits against the responsible parties. This can help to cover their medical expenses and repay them for the pain caused by their accidents. Those interested in pursuing this type of legal action should consult with an experienced North Carolina attorney to learn more.
Source: WSOCTV, "DOT worker killed in wreck on storm-damaged NC 12," Nov. 11, 2012