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On Friday morning, there was a semi truck crash on Interstate 240 near downtown Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Mile Marker Three, sometime around 2:45 a.m. Very few details about this tractor trailer crash have been released, but we do know that the large commercial truck overturned near Jackson’s curve by Jackson’s Western Store on Patton Avenue. A portion of the roadway had to be closed until about 10:00 a.m. Initial reports indicate that the truck was hauling 2-ethylhexyl phthalate, which is a chemical used to make plastics.

Tractor Trailer Crash Near Downtown Asheville

First responders diverted traffic onto Patton Avenue as crews worked the scene. Morning commuters had to deal with delays in the area until well into the morning. Thankfully, none of the chemicals were spilled onto the road during the crash. Additionally, no injuries were reported on the scene. There has been no word on why the truck overturned or what happened prior to the crash. The crash is likely still under investigation, and the truck driver may be facing citations.

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On Monday, there were multiple crashes in the Western North Carolina area. With heavy rain in Jackson County, Sylva and other areas, motorists were urged to exercise caution on local roadways. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a box truck overturned on Highway 23, near the Sylva exit. Very few details have been released about this truck crash, but we do know that both eastbound lanes had to be closed as crews worked to clear the scene. There has been no word on the cause of this crash, which is still under investigation with law enforcement officials. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported.

Safe Driving in Poor Weather

With winter weather on the way, drivers in Asheville and surrounding Western North Carolina communities are reminded to exercise caution and safety on local roadways. Drivers should always adjust their speed to the conditions of the roadway. If roadways are wet and there is heavy precipitation, it may be unsafe to travel at the posted speed limit. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead, drive slowly, leave plenty of room for the vehicles in front of them and make sure their vehicles are safe and roadworthy. Brakes, tires, windshield wipers and other equipment should all be in top working order.

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On Monday afternoon, there was a semi truck crash on Interstate 40. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Black Mountain, just before exit 72. Very few details about this truck crash have been released, but we do know that the truck went over an embankment. All eastbound lanes had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene. There has been no word on the cause of the crash or if anybody was injured. This tractor-trailer crash could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

U.S. Large Truck Crash Statistics

  • In 2014, 3,908 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks.
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On Tuesday, two people were killed in a crash involving a dump truck in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on NC-226. Very few details about this fatal crash have been released, but we do know that one person was airlifted to Mission Trauma Center for treatment, and two others were pronounced dead on the scene. Initial reports indicate that a dump truck was headed southbound downhill on 226, and that speed may have been a factor.

The truck overturned and struck another vehicle. The other vehicle, a Honda, was crushed and dragged under the dump truck. The truck driver and a 15-year-old girl were killed in the crash. This wreck is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the two people who lost their lives in this crash.

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On Friday, a big rig damaged a Dollar General store in Black Mountain. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 12:00 a.m. at the Dollar General store on U.S. Highway 70. Very few details about this wreck have been released, but we do know that the semi truck got caught in the store’s awning. Initial reports indicate that the truck driver may have been trying to turn around in the parking lot at the time of the incident. There has been no word on whether or not the driver was facing any citations or charges after the wreck. This crash could still be under investigation with local authorities.

Semi Truck Situational Awareness

Semi trucks are much larger and heavier than traditional passenger occupant vehicles. This can make parking and maneuvering them in small areas much more difficult. Combine their size with the potential for reduced visibility due to blind spots, and you have quite the parking challenge for truck drivers. That being said, truck drivers should be properly trained and qualified to safely park and maneuver their rigs. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulations associated with training requirements that must be met before a driver can safely get behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. With any kind of vehicle, large or small, it’s essential to have situational awareness in all parking and driving situations. Drivers should know where their trucks are and what’s behind them, before backing up.

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On Tuesday morning, there was a semi truck crash on I-40 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened in the eastbound lanes near Brevard Road. Initial reports indicate that the tractor-trailer rear-ended a van. Very few details about this truck crash have been released. First responders rushed to the scene, where the woman in the van was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Thankfully, her injuries were described as non-life-threatening and she was in stable condition following the wreck. No other vehicles were involved. The van was reportedly running out of gas when the large truck hit it. There has been no word on whether or not any charges or citations have been made.

Large Truck Crashes by The Numbers

  • In 2014, 3,908 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks.
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On Tuesday morning, a semi truck overturned on Future I-26 westbound. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 7:30 a.m. near the Hill Street exit. Although very few details about this tractor-trailer crash have been released, we do know that a portion of the roadway was closed until about 11:00 a.m. Traffic was backed up through downtown and all the way to West Asheville. Initial reports indicate that the truck driver overcorrected the large truck, causing it to overturn.

Big Rig Overturns in Asheville

The big rig was reportedly hauling 45,000 pounds of dog food at the time of the crash. Cargo was spilled beside the roadway. When the trailer overturned, it took down a light pole. Crews and first responders rushed to the scene, where thankfully, no serious injuries were reported. Officials with the Asheville Police Department called in reinforcements for help with the cleanup. The trailer had to be righted, and the cargo and debris had to be cleaned from the scene. Although no citations were made on the scene, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s Motor Carrier Unit was still investigating the crash.

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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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