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Dump Truck Hits Moving Van In Wayne County

Posted March 22, 2007

— Several people were injured Thursday when a dump truck crashed into a moving van.

According to the Highway Patrol, the dump truck driven by Robert Pritchard was heading south on Highway 581 when it crossed the center line of the road.

Troopers said the dump truck then hit an oncoming moving van that had moved to the shoulder of the road.

Three people in the moving van were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the moving van was airlifted from Wayne Memorial Hospital to Pitt Memorial Hospital with a leg injury.


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  • willie123 Mar 23, 2007

    driver what is a good safe driver anymore everyday a truck turned over or ran thru a building or hit some one we can blame the trucks faulty equipment road hazzards but drivers should be a little more thorough when they decide to take on a career as a driver cdl is no more than a piece of plastic anymore no one takes it serious a 40 ton machine oh thats just a mini van with more gears people look around more wrecks involving trucks maybe
    its cars that are causing trucks to wreck god knows people really have a hard time out there but as a driver myself i take a little more time to watch out for not just me but the crazy
    4 wheel drivers if we all take a little time in this fast crazy
    world just maybe we could have a few less accidents i really dont know just expressing an opinion

  • Slick Mar 23, 2007

    I'm not saying all Truck Drivers are good. But, it's not always the trucks fault in a wreck. I guess it's like everything, no one ever see's the good, just the bad. I guess we can blame the media for that. If it wasn't for bad news, there would be no news.

  • Friend Mar 23, 2007

    Let me also add that I know two dump truck drivers personally from Princeton, a father (now retired) and his son. And there is not a finer person anywhere in my book, they two of the good ones not just as drivers but as neighbors as well. And I have several tractor trailer operators in my family that are retired, my grandfather a retired greyhound bus driver, he retired in 1960 without ever putting a scracth on his bus. There is a new generation of drivers that don't hold a candle to the fine experienced drivers. PLEASE UNDERSTAND IN NO WAY DID I MEAN THAT ALL TRUCK DRIVERS ARE BAD.

  • Friend Mar 23, 2007

    SLICK, you are correct about those drivers I see them as well, never ceases to amaze me. I've seen them eating breakfast,smoking,talking on the phone,shaving,putting on make up, I seen a lady one morning that had her heat on high with the vents on high trying to dry & style her hair driving down the highway. Yes there are plenty of other dangerous drivers Too. But as a group in all my years driving or when I go for a run/walk, the majority of dump trucks I see are road hogs,speeding,careless,and dangerous drivers who hardly ever want to give the right of way to another driver. I'm not saying they are all this way, but a good portion are. And I also see a lot of them in violation of covering there load.

  • El Doggo Mar 23, 2007

    "parked moving truck" HA HA do you see what that sounds like???? I had to read it twice... HA HA

  • Slick Mar 23, 2007

    Read the article people. Note: "Troopers said the dump truck then hit an oncoming moving van that had moved to the shoulder of the road." ONCOMING MOVING VAN. The van probably saw the truck coming toward him and hit the shoulder to try to avoid the accident, ACCIDENT!! You didn't hear about the truck's front tire blowing out to cause the wreck, kinda like when all the explorers were blowing tires causing wrecks. It's not the trucks that cant drive, blame the cars. You leave the house, grab a cell phone and talk the whole time while driving, causing wrecks. I've seen many people putting on make-up, shaving, reading magazines or newspapers, etc. Everyone is quick to blame the trucks. You didn't hear about the guy who saved someones life on Thursday. A car came accross the median infront of him, crossed the ditch and landed in Holt's pond (in Princeton) The trucker stopped the truck, jumped in the water and pulled him out of the car. Its the bad things you hear, not the good.

  • Tarheeljunior Mar 22, 2007

    I hate dump trucks. I would rather get a speeding ticket trying to pass one than stick around it. Between flying debris coming out of them and drivers that don't pay attention, dump trucks are a serious driving hazard. Make them ride in the right hand lane, them and all other large trucks for that matter. If a dump truck driver can't even avoid a parked moving truck, how are the rest of us in smaller cars supposed to fair when one of them decides to stop paying attention.

  • packandcanesfan Mar 22, 2007

    Truckers don't pay attention. Almost weekly we are come close to being crushed on I-40. My sister was sitting at an intersection last year and an 18 wheeler went by and in the process hit the side of her car, tearing off siding/stripping, mirror and didn't even stop. Thank God he didn't crush her car completely.

  • Gooseye Mar 22, 2007

    I am surprised that the dump truck managed to cross the center line enough to hit the van parked on the opposite shoulder of the road! Really, some of the dump truck drivers on the road are just plain dangerous, either because they are drunk, inexperienced, or just don't care. Remember the women in Cary that was killed a few years ago by the dump truck driver who polished off a six-pack during lunch.

  • Friend Mar 22, 2007

    I can say without a doubt that as a group dump truck drivers in general are some of the most arrogant, inconsiderate, & dangerous drivers on the road. Not all, but most. When you combine that with a fully loaded truck it's a lethal combination.