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Safety Violations Found in Logging Truck

Posted April 5, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Investigators from the state Division of Motor Vehicles are examining a logging truck that was involved in a fatal wreck in Durham Saturday. Officials said they found several safety violations on the log truck during a preliminary examination. Two people in a car died when the fully-loaded truck rolled over it.

Police are still investigating to determine who was at fault.

Officials said the brakes on the truck's second axle were not functioning, and one of the hubs was cracked. Also, only two straps had been used to secure the logs, instead of the required eight straps.

A man and a woman in the car died; the truck driver and a woman in her 50s survived the crash.

No one witnessed the accident, but Durham resident Robert Ayers said he heard the accident and ran to find the victims trapped inside their car.

N.C. State Troopers said the truck was heading north on Roxboro Road. They said they thought the car was crossing the Snow Hill Road intersection when the truck ran over it.