Local News

Robeson County child injured by blown tire

Posted September 2, 2010

— A Robeson County child was being treated at UNC Hospitals on Thursday after being struck by a tire from a tractor trailer.

The Highway Patrol said a truck blew a tire while traveling along North Carolina Highway 71 in Shannon on Wednesday night.

The tire blew off the rim and skidded into the yard of a home where Dillan Andredes, 3, was playing, trooper said.

The boy was flown to UNC Hospitals for treatment.

The driver of the truck will not face charges, troopers said.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • sandramendoza24 Sep 3, 2010

    i am a friend of the family and i am sad to say that little dillon passed away from his injuries thursday morning. my prayers are with his family his mom shana and dad pedro!

  • harvey3 Sep 2, 2010

    We were sorry to read about the tire that injured the child and share the concern with others that Dillan will make a speedy and full recovery. It is important for your readers to know that the tire may not have been a retread and it would not be fair to a reputable industry to place blame before all the facts are known.

    Much of the tire debris we see on our highways comes from tires that have never been retreaded. The true cause of tire debris is improper tire maintenance, underinflation being the main culprit followed closely by overloading, improper tire repairs, misaligned vehicles and tires being driven with less than the legal limit of tread.

    To blame retreads for tire debris on our highways is the same as blaming a vehicle for an accident caused by a drunk driver. The blame is simply misplaced.

    For more information about retreads and safety call 888-473-8732 or send an email to info@retread.org.

    Harvey Brodsky
    Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau

  • cbarnett Sep 2, 2010

    I agree with mugu.
    Retread tires sort of just shred and sling parts out all over the place. They don't really "blow" out

  • Mugu Sep 2, 2010

    These tractor trailers using poorly retreaded tires are the main culprit, those things explode all of the time injuring a lot of people and littering the roadways. Here are some solutions to prevent this:

    1. Ban retreads in NC
    2. Step up motor carrier enforcement and truck inspections
    3. Pass a law that truck drivers who have a blowout on the road to stop, call the DOT immediately and have the remnants picked up.

  • Adelinthe Sep 2, 2010

    Awww, I pray the child will heal and totally recover.

    Prayers and thoughts are with his family too.

    God bless.


  • Desiderata Sep 2, 2010

    Prayers to the family as this childs fate lies in "his" hands

  • Skywatch_NC Sep 2, 2010

    When I was in high school there was a nearby daycare center and the highway which along past the school and day care center ...one time a semi rig's tire blew and landed in the day care playground and struck and killed a child playing.

    Prayers and thoughts with the little one and his family.

  • krazykristie06 Sep 2, 2010

    How far can the tire blow when this happens? Must be pretty far or the child was fairly close to the road.

  • mustysteer Sep 2, 2010

    As a trucker, having a tire blow is still a frightening experience. You never know when or where it will happen. And we certainly have no control over where pieces of the tire will end up. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the little one.

  • Mr. Keeping It Real Sep 2, 2010

    What are the odds? Thoughts and prayers to the family.