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Brakes failed on log truck that crashed in Four Oaks

Posted May 21

— A truck that crashed Tuesday in Four Oaks, spilling its haul of logs across the road, is the same vehicle involved in a hit-and-run that killed a 7-year-old girl last year in Harrells.

The driver, Henry Robinson of Fayetteville, told state troopers that the truck’s brakes failed as he tried to make a right turn at the intersection of N.C. Highway 96 and U.S. Highway 701, near Devils Racetrack Road.

No one was hurt, but the intersection was closed for hours as a crew cleaned up the mess.

Robinson was convicted in 2010 of drunken driving and drug charges.

The truck is owned by Richard Lucas Trucking in Roseboro. Lucas said Wednesday he bought the truck from his father following the fatal hit-and-run on April 23, 2013.

At that time, Ricky Lucas Trucking owned the truck when it passed a stopped school bus on U.S. Highway 421 in Sampson County and struck 7-year-old Alyiah Morgan.

The driver, Johnny Spell, remains in jail charged with driving while impaired, hit-and-run and second-degree murder.

Investigators didn't cite any safety problems with the big rig in that crash, although U.S. Department of Transportation records flag maintenance issues dating to 2012.

Documents also show Ricky Lucas Trucking was taken out of service.

Richard Lucas said Wednesday he owns a separate trucking company from his father on the same road in Roseboro. He says he bought the truck when his father shut down, and he sees no link of responsibility between Tuesday’s crash and last year’s hit-and-run.
 

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  • cpdtg May 22, 1:05 p.m.

    Just wondering, CPDTG, are you the lead Highway Patrol investigator in this incident? How else... View More

    — Posted by sinenomine

    Yes your car needs a brake job and if you speak to any one who has driven large trucks they understand more about how these brakes operate

  • scubagirl2 May 22, 12:30 p.m.

    This is the SAME truck that was in the accident where a school child was killed not that long ago. The TRUCK, not the driver, was just shuffled to another company. Not sure the driver is 100% at fault here. I don't know many drivers (and I do know many) who would knowingly drive a truck w/ bad brakes etc.

  • sinenomine May 22, 12:28 p.m.

    The very headline to this story, "Brakes failed on log truck that crashed in Four Oaks", is misleading. The story clearly says that "The driver . . . told state troopers that the truck's brakes failed". What the driver said happened and what actually occurred may be two different things. I think I'll withhold judgment until the Highway Patrol completes its investigation.

  • cpdtg May 22, 11:30 a.m.

    All they did is change the name of the company and keep on going The brakes were either out of... View More

    — Posted by cpdtg

    Immediately blame the truck / driver. ignorance....

    — Posted by berniwheeler

    I drove a trk for 38 years including log trks and the brakes don`t just fail They are either out of adjustment or need replacing

  • mockingbird313 May 22, 10:52 a.m.

    All they did is change the name of the company and keep on going The brakes were either out of... View More

    — Posted by cpdtg

    Immediately blame the truck / driver. ignorance....

    — Posted by berniwheeler

    What else could it be? Had to be one of the two, most likely a truck malfunction. It certainly wasn't ice that sent it skidding.

  • berniwheeler May 22, 10:41 a.m.

    All they did is change the name of the company and keep on going The brakes were either out of... View More

    — Posted by cpdtg

    Immediately blame the truck / driver. ignorance....

  • WageSlave May 22, 10:18 a.m.

    Mustang May 22, 9:50 a.m.

    I don't buy the failed brakes excuse. From the picture it looks pretty obvious that the driver's speed was too great to make the turn. It's a poor workman that blames his tools.

    How do you know? It is pretty obvious to me that if his brakes failed he would be approaching the turn with to much speed!

  • Itsmyopinion67 May 22, 9:52 a.m.

    Brakes failed...gravity did not.

  • Mustang May 22, 9:50 a.m.

    I don't buy the failed brakes excuse. From the picture it looks pretty obvious that the driver's speed was too great to make the turn. It's a poor workman that blames his tools.

  • susan17 May 22, 9:47 a.m.

    sinenomine - I agree... but mostly, I think this is just a poorly written article.

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