When you get on the road, you expect other drivers to drive with the same care and concern as you. It is reasonable to assume that drivers will be safe and aware of what's going on around them, especially when they drive something as large and potentially destructive as a tractor-trailer.
A Tennessee truck driver, however, apparently failed to exercise adequate care and the results are tragic. A recent trucking accident near Durham, North Carolina has left three dead and changed three sets of families dramatically. The truck driver, who is from Newport, Tennessee, has subsequently been criminally charged for the accident. The charges include: felony death by vehicle; misdemeanor death by vehicle; possession of drug paraphernalia, methadone, and marijuana; and driving while impaired (DWI).
The crash happened right before rush hour on Interstate 40. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the three motorists who were killed had all slowed down on the interstate. The truck driver then approached the slow down at the posted speed limit, but apparently did not slow down.
The truck driver hit the first victim, a young man from Kannapolis, North Carolina at 65 miles per hour. The young man was killed and his pickup truck became attached to the semi truck as it continued forward. The truck then proceeded to hit a car driven by a woman from Mebane, North Carolina, killing her. Finally, the truck hit the final victim, a man from Burlington, North Carolina. This last man's car was knocked to the side of the road where it burst into flames. The last victim also, unfortunately, died in the crash.
This story is a good example of how serious a truck or car accident can be when drivers do not pay attention or drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.