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Visitors to Mall Learn About Truck Safety

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RALEIGH — The fatal accident that occurred on Interstate-85 last week has brought considerable attention to the realities of big-rigs and cars interacting on the nation's highways.

Accidents involving big trucks were responsible for 174 deaths in North Carolina in 1994.

The Governor's Council on Safety says people should pay special attention when driving near a tractor-trailer or other large truck, and it parked an 18-wheeler at Crabtree Mall Thursday to demonstrate its message.

Trucker Cliff Williams says people just don't know the risks they take around big trucks.

Williams adds that trucks have more and much larger blind spots than cars. He says car drivers should be especially careful alongside and directly behind big trucks.

In general, if you can't see into the truck's mirrors, the driver can't see you

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