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Tractor-trailer wreck on I-95 kills one

Posted November 17, 2011

— A car passenger died in a wreck involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 95  near the South Carolina border early Thursday, state troopers said.

Troopers said that around 5 a.m., a tractor-trailer swerved into the median of I-95 North, near mile marker 2 in Robeson County. The truck came back onto the road but crashed over onto its left side.

An oncoming car hit the tractor-trailer and ended up in the median.

The driver of an approaching tractor-trailer spotted the first one on the road and swerved to the left to avoid it, troopers said. The second tractor-trailer ran over the front of the crashed car.

A passenger in the front of the car was killed, troopers said. The victim's identity hasn't been released.

The wreck shut down both northbound lanes of I-95 for about six hours after the wreck.


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  • cathysnc Nov 17, 2011

    I did not read anywhere in that story where it was a recap that caused that wreck. Anytime it is a tractor trailer it is always assumed it is the drivers fault. We have trucks here at our company and 9 times out of 10 four wheelers decide to pull out in front of trucks as they don't want to wait. A few bad drivers does not make all bad. The same goes for 4 wheel drivers.

  • cwood3 Nov 17, 2011

    Wow-so many things to comment on-especially bigal's comcerning the sorry state of I-95 in parts of SC. Saying it's terrible is being mild.

    Concerning the big rigs-their was no mention of speed-and I agree with many comments that cars seem to speed far more than trucks. Companies have realized that their libility skyrockets with speed accidents. Also. I agree that many municipalities are missing the boat(not Clayton on 70 business). WE are all driving way too fast-me included!!

    WE all need to pray for all involved.


  • Scubagirl Nov 17, 2011

    Personally I think they should do away w/ recaps completely, not just on tractor trailer trucks! Especially for the miles they travel yearly.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 17, 2011

    While it's a neccessary evil, the trucking indrustry does push the limits on safety. I've heard it all before, and yet I'm amazed at the drivers who do push the limits for the companies also. In a lot of cases, it was a "do it or find another job" situation. There is a reason why they are putting tighter regulation on trucking indrustry and these "professional" drivers. Because their action kill people. Some of the issues is that our road systems didn't keep up with the increase in size of the big rigs or the number of them as the country grew. So long as the consumer wants it fast and cheap, the incentive for abuse will remain. Now, if they would just outlaw recaps on trailers, that would be a blessing for all.

  • bigal02282 Nov 17, 2011

    My thoughts. After having driven for so long on the South Carolina interstate, with the constant vibration, bumping and bouncing along all of that time, once you hit the North Carolina border and some smooth stretch of interstate, your body just relaxes and you tend to get tired and complacent. The stretch of interstate from the border to Hope Mills is one of the most dangerous around, and it just stands to reason that there must be an underlying cause. Having driven that stretch many times myself, I cringe as I head south towards the SC border because I know that my kidneys are getting ready to some serious shakin. On the plus side, I could save myself the expense of a lithotripter...

  • Screw WrAl Nov 17, 2011

    That death stretch needs to be closed. For good. From VA to SC.

  • jessyk86 Nov 17, 2011

    So terrible for all involved; however, why jump to conclusions about it being teh truck driver's fault? These drivers are subjected to the most stringent regulations. Any little thing can have these guys on the brink of losing their jobs- even doctors are not regulated like that. They need to regulate the cars more. Cars run more tractor trailers off the road than the otehr way around. Drivers of cars do not think about driving safely around these tractor trailers. My boyfriend is a professional over the road truck driver who is a true professional at what he does. I am amazed at the amount of near accidents caused by careless four-wheelers that he encounters each day and is able to avoid by being a skilled defensive driver.

  • Proud 2 B A Mom Nov 17, 2011

    I bet you end up seeing that the SEVERE WEATHER we had and road conditions played a part in this.

    Praying for all involved.

  • Scubagirl Nov 17, 2011

    "How many deaths have to occur before anyone does anything to these people who are trying to "beat the clock"????"

    MOST of those 'trying to beat the clock' drive CARS not trucks. I see it every single day.

  • Scubagirl Nov 17, 2011

    I will NOT blame the truck driver! We don't know why he swerved, could have been for a multitude of reasons-most of which would NOT be his/her fault. My ex was a driver and the sheer number of insane acts by cars around the trucks is enough to boggle the mind.
    Sounds like a horrible wreck and condolences go out to ALL involved!