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On Tuesday morning, there was a tractor-trailer crash in Swain County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Highway 19 at about 6:00 a.m. Very few details about the semi-truck crash have been released, but we do know that the big rig overturned in the Nantahala Gorge area, near the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Initial reports indicate that the roadway was closed for a period of time near Silvermine Road. Traffic in the area had to be detoured to alternate routes as crews and first responders worked the scene.

Western North Carolina Big Rig Crash

At this time, there has been no word on the cause of the crash or if any other vehicles were involved. Additionally, no information has been released on whether or not anybody was injured in the crash. This truck crash is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities. It will be necessary for investigators to determine the cause of the wreck and if the trucking company was in compliance with all federal and state safety regulations at the time of the wreck. Since these commercial trucking vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, it’s critical to determine what went wrong when collisions happen.

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Community members in Asheville are concerned about upcoming shipments of liquid uranium being moved through Western North Carolina. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 just reported on the failed efforts to keep the radioactive materials from traveling through the area. The Department of Energy is getting ready have up to 150 shipments of liquid uranium brought from Canada down to a storage facility in Aiken, South Carolina. Trucking routes will reportedly go through Asheville or Charlotte. These shipments could begin as early as February 17, 2017. Due to security concerns, very little information about the exact dates and routes has been released.

Environmental Impact and Safety in Asheville

Although uranium, in a solid state, has been safely shipped and transported by commercial trucking vehicles, many people are concerned about the increased level of danger posed by transporting a liquid form of the material. In the event of a wreck, collision, explosion or spill, the impacts to the environment and population could be substantially more dangerous, and even deadly. According to Buncombe County’s Emergency Services Director, Jerry Vehaun, although his teams are trained to respond to hazardous materials accidents, they’re not prepared for or trained to deal with or handle liquid uranium. Furthermore, he has not been made aware of any main or alternate routes for the upcoming shipments.

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On Monday morning, a semi truck overturned on Old Chunns Cove Road in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 9:00 a.m. near Tunnel Road. The truck driver, 40-year-old Ricky Clayton of Dade City, Florida, was reportedly unfamiliar with the area. He drove the big rig up Beaucatcher Road, over the tunnel and went left of center. His truck went off the embankment and overturned. Thankfully, there were no other vehicles involved in the crash. Crews were on the scene for hours clearing the wreckage and dealing with the frozen meat cargo he was hauling.

Asheville Semi Truck Crash

Clayton and his girlfriend were transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. Their injuries included a concussion, lacerations and contusions. Clayton was charged with driving left of center. Additionally, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) Motor Carrier Unit will be inspecting the vehicle in the event of any further violations and charges. At the time of the crash, the truck was reportedly fully loaded, and it weighed in at 77,000 pounds.

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Last week, a moped driver was killed in a crash involving a semi-truck. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident occurred at about noon on Thursday in Marion. Very few details about the head-on collision between the moped and the 18-wheeler have been released, but we do know that the wreck happened on North Main Street. The truck driver was not injured in the crash, and the cause of the head-on collision is still under investigation with law enforcement officials.

Asheville Truck Accident Lawyer

Since there are additional laws and regulations associated with the trucking industry, accidents involving commercial trucking vehicles often require intensive investigative efforts. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a semi truck, big rig, 18-wheeler or other commercial trucking vehicle, contact the skilled team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. at (866) 397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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Last week, a truck overturned in Madison County and spilled a cleaning agent into Shelton Laurel Creek. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Wednesday, on southbound Highway 208. For currently unknown reasons, the large truck overturned beside the roadway. The big rig was hauling a cleaning agent called Megasol at the time of the crash, and it did spill into the waterway. Although emergency management officials reportedly said the cleaning agent isn’t harmful to humans or fish, it is expected to end up in the French Broad River. At this time, we do not know what the long-term environmental impact of the spill will be.

Madison County Truck Crash

Very few details about this crash have been released, including the cause, which is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement officials. The truck driver was injured in the crash, but she is expected to be okay. Local residents in the area are concerned about the safety of eating fish caught from downstream or near the spill area.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about the Volvo large truck recall that was initiated in March. According to the NHTSA, all of the nearly 16,000 recalled trucks have been identified and repaired. The trucks in question, 2016-2017 Volvo VNL, VNX and VNM heavy trucks, were recalled due to a defective steering shaft that had the potential to cause the driver to unexpectedly or suddenly experience a complete loss of steering. Thankfully, Volvo took unprecedented and innovative steps to contact and alert owners and drivers to the risks associated with the manufacturing defect.

Commercial Trucking Safety

In the U.S., the commercial trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Since big rigs, semi trucks, tractor-trailers and other commercial trucking vehicles are so much larger and heavier than passenger occupant vehicles, trucking companies and truck drivers have additional rules and regulations to follow. These regulations cover anything from proper loading procedures to mechanical and tire maintenance requirements. Large trucks can also transport hazardous, toxic and combustible materials, so trucking companies need to make sure their drivers are fully licensed and trained.

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On Monday, a crash involving a box truck had traffic backed up in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 2:14 p.m. on Sweeten Creek Road. Very few details about the crash have been released, but a southbound vehicle reportedly crossed the centerline and collided head on with a northbound box truck.

First responders at the scene treated the drivers of both vehicles for cuts and scrapes. There has been no word on whether or not any citations have been made. No information has been released on why the southbound vehicle crossed the centerline, and the cause of this crash could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

If you have been injured in an Asheville car accident, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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Last week, there was a crash involving two semi trucks on Interstate 26. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the westbound lanes, near mile marker 66. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released, we do know that a portion of the roadway had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene. There has been no word on whether or not anybody was injured in this truck crash.

The cause of this tractor-trailer crash is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. Accidents involving commercial trucking vehicles can be devastating for drivers and passengers in other vehicles. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident in or around the Asheville area, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at (866) 397-2897 for a free consultation today.

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Last week, a semi truck crashed on Interstate 85 in Greenville County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the ramp to Woodruff Road and I-385. Very few details of the truck crash have been released, but we do know that a portion of I-385 North and I-85 South had to be closed as crews and first responders worked the scene. At this time, there has been no word on how the large tractor-trailer overturned in the roadway. Injuries were reported in the crash, but no information has been released on the extent of injuries involved or on anybody’s current condition.

Truck Crashes by The Numbers

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Last Tuesday, a semi truck overturned on Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened about two miles from the Fines Creek Road exit in Haywood County at about 1:00 p.m. For currently unknown reasons, the large commercial truck overturned in the eastbound lanes. Thankfully, no injuries were reported in this one-vehicle truck crash. First responders were swiftly on the scene, where a portion of the roadway had to be closed for hours. There has been no word on what caused the semi truck to overturn, but the truck driver was reportedly charged with failure to maintain lane control.

Semi Truck Carrying Hazardous Materials

A highway patrol officer on the scene reported that the tractor-trailer was hauling Propanediol at the time of the wreck. Since this is considered a hazardous material, a HAZMAT team was called from Asheville to ensure there wasn’t any leakage from the truck’s container. There has been no word on whether or not any of the Propanediol leaked from the trailer’s container, but crews were on the scene for hours. This wreck could still be under investigation with authorities.

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