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61-year-old driver dies after I-95 tractor-trailer fire

Posted July 19

Authorities said that a 2013 Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling south on I-95 at about 6:30 p.m. when the vehicle suddenly reduced speed, ran off the road and traveled down an embankment. Authorities said the tractor trailer struck several trees and caught fire.
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— The driver of a tractor-trailer who was severely burned Monday after the truck caught fire on Interstate 95 in Cumberland County has died, authorities said.

Gale Bernard Beasley, 61, of Clayton, was driving a 2013 Freightliner tractor-trailer around 6:30 p.m. when the vehicle ran off the road and traveled down an embankment, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The truck caught fire, and Beasley was severely burned.

Beasley was taken to the UNC Burn Center, but authorities said on Tuesday that he died from his injuries.


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  • Anne Ruybal Jul 19, 7:36 p.m.
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    My sincere condolences to this man's family and friends. Very sorry for your loss.

  • Anne Ruybal Jul 19, 7:35 p.m.
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    Why are people on here adding to this man's family and friend's pain, which must be unbearable, by "liking" this story. Someone even thinks it's "awesome." Do you realize or even care that you are hurting other human beings?