North Carolina Hwy 74 shut down after fatal trucking accident
North Carolina Highway 74 in Monroe had to be narrowed down to just one lane on the eastbound side of the highway in the overnight hours of July 8 and July 9. A trucking accident had taken the life of one driver and sent another to the hospital. Further, a power crew had to be called out to replace a downed utility pole that was damaged in the crash.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is still trying to piece together exactly what happened. Preliminary reports have indicated that following a collision between a tractor-trailer and a sedan, both vehicles ended up in a ditch. The truck driver lost control of his rig after contact had already occurred, smacked into a power pole, and flipped over.
The damage to both vehicles was extensive enough that the drivers could not be extricated from their vehicles until emergency personnel could arrive to free them. When firefighters were able to get to the driver of the truck, he or she had already succumbed to injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the sedan was “in pretty bad shape” and was taken to an area hospital. That driver’s current condition is not known.
The investigation into what caused the collision in the first place is not yet complete. Once authorities are able to determine what happened, a decision will be made as to whether charges, if any, need to be filed. Both the sedan driver and the truck driver’s family have the right to file a civil action in connection with the trucking accident as well, but who is deemed responsible for the crash will dictate how any civil action will proceed.
wbtv.com, “Parts of Hwy 74 in Monroe are shut down after the fatal accident,” Ron Lee, July 9, 2013