On Tuesday afternoon, an overturned 18-wheeler had traffic backed up in Polk County. The incident happened on I-26 near the Saluda exit (exit 59). According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the big rig was hauling water when it blew a tire. Apparently, the rig struck the overpass and then overturned. First responders were swiftly on the scene, where at least one person was trapped by the wreckage. Crews also had to deal with a fuel spill. One person was taken to Pardee Hospital.
Traffic Backed up in Polk County
All westbound lanes had to be closed for first responders and cleanup crews. Traffic was diverted onto Highway 176 through Saluda. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), all lanes were expected to be open again by about 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. There's no information on the extent of injuries involved or the victim's current condition. Very little information has been released about this crash, which is likely still under investigation with authorities.
Motor Carrier Safety Across the U.S.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) primary mission is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. Since semi trucks and tractor trailers can weigh in excess of five tons, safe driving and management practices are top priorities for the FMCSA. In addition to regulations about driver fitness, hours of service and safe cargo handling, there are also regulations regarding the use of hand-held mobile phones while operating certain commercial vehicles. The FMCSA's website has a variety of safety resources for consumers too.
After a Truck Accident
Cases involving commercial trucks are much more complicated than traditional automobile accidents. After an accident involving a big rig, it's important to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Since commercial trucking companies and drivers have to adhere to a variety of federal trucking laws and regulations, it is often necessary to conduct an additional accident investigation. Federal trucking laws were put in place to keep roadway users safe. Semi trucks are so much larger and heavier than traditional passenger vehicles, so it's absolutely critical that trucking companies and commercial drivers play by the rules. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a tractor trailer, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.