Durham Police Looking for Hit-and-Run Tractor-Trailer Driver
An Iraqi war veteran said he is lucky to be alive after a tractor-trailer slammed into his car on Interstate 40 and kept going.Posted — Updated
While serving in Iraq, Maurice Atkinson was hit by a tank. His injuries left him paralyzed from the waist down. He had just started walking again when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer last Wednesday night. Atkinson was driving eastbound on Interstate 40 when the collision happened.
"He ran into me and drove over the front of the top of the car," Atkinson said. "Definitely, I feel fortunate to be alive."
Atkinson is on the road to recovery, but wants the person who was driving the tractor-trailer to come forward.
"You could have left me for dead because of fear and whatever it was," Atkinson said.
After the tractor-trailer trampled Atkinson's car, it went up the ramp to Interstate 540. There, the tractor-trailer caused another accident because it was leaking diesel fuel.The people involved the second collision were not injured.
Durham police said they do not have a solid description of the vehicle, but it probably has a reddish cab with a silver trailer. It also likely has visible damage from the crashes.
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