Five people were hospitalized following a traffic accident involving four people on U.S. 321 in North Carolina. Authorities believe the crash occurred when the driver of a semi-truck became distracted by the scene of another nearby accident, causing the truck to slam into several other vehicles. An official with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said the driver will likely face criminal charges but did not specify what those charges would be.
Highway Patrol troopers say the truck crash happened at approximately 2:30 p.m., minutes after a smaller accident on U.S. 321 in front of a local college. The truck driver reportedly stopped paying attention to the roadway in order to look at the accident site, where local police officers had already responded. The suspect's truck then collided with the back of a van and then struck three other cars.
Five people were hurt in the crash, prompting emergency response personnel to transport them to a hospital to be treated. One of the victims reportedly required CPR prior to admission to the hospital, but authorities claim she was successfully resuscitated and is expected to recover. A source with the Highway Patrol told reporters that two adults and two children were in the van at the time of the crash, but it is unclear whether those individuals were among the injured.
Authorities were forced to close the stretch of U.S. 321 following the crash to allow them to investigate and clear debris from the roadway. The highway opened for traffic about 40 minutes later.
Thousands of people are hurt in truck crashes in North Carolina every year. Many of these wrecks are caused by inattention, fatigue or negligence on the part of truck drivers, potentially entitling the victims to damages compensating them for their injuries. Individuals who were hurt in similar accidents may wish to contact a qualified attorney to find out if a personal injury lawsuit might serve their best interests.
Source: Gaston Gazette, "Five hurt when truck jackknifes on 321," Diane Turbyfill, March 4, 2013