At around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, a tractor-trailer failed to stop near a construction zone on 52 North near Rural Hall, striking five vehicles from behind. According to the Rural Hall Fire Department's assistant chief, three people died in the crash, but highway patrol only reports two fatalities.
Authorities say that the tractor-trailer hit a van first and then four cars. A 10-year-old boy in the van was among the fatalities. Paramedics transported a 13-year-old who was in the van to a local hospital along with seven others; the 13-year-old was in critical condition. One person received treatment at the scene, and the driver of the tractor-trailer sustained no injuries.
The crash covered the northbound lanes of the highway with debris, and a specialized accident reconstruction team arrived at the scene to mark the area for its investigation. Authorities closed the northbound lanes for hours while crews cleaned up the debris, causing delays on Stanleyville Road, West Hanes Mill Road and N.C. 66 North.
In the aftermath of a fatal accident, the relatives of the deceased may be able to receive compensation for their loss from the at-fault party. This could include funeral expenses and possibly other forms of damages, depending on the situation. In most cases, the at-fault party's insurance carrier will provide this compensation to the family, but the family may want to consult an attorney in an effort to receive all the compensation to which they are entitled.
With accidents involving a tractor-trailer, fault could lie on either the driver or the driver's employer, depending on the cause of the accident. If the investigation finds that either party was negligent in some way, that party may be liable for all damages that the accident caused.
Source: News & Record, "Rural Hall crash kills 3, injures 8", John Hinton, October 31, 2014