A Monday morning collision between a semi-truck and several construction vehicles resulted in the death of one person.
The tractor-trailer collision also closed down part of Interstate 77 in north Charlotte, North Carolina for hours.
The accident happened around 2 a.m. in the southern lanes of I-77, close to W.T. Harris Boulevard and just before Interstate 485. Construction was ongoing in the area.
Troopers said the accident involved a minimum of three vehicles – a dump truck, a pickup truck, and a semi-truck.
According to Huntersville fire officials, the semi-truck struck multiple construction vehicles.
At least two people were taken to hospital, and one of them – the driver of the semi-truck – died.
The names of the individuals involved have not been released.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the semi-truck driver apparently didn’t realize that the lane was closed and crashed into two vehicles owned by Sugar Creek Construction.
Trooper Ray Pierce said inattention or sleep deprivation could have been factors.
Individuals were inside the vehicles, but they did not suffer serious injuries.
Before the fatal accident, a car and a construction vehicle collided on I-485 near Rea Road in south Charlotte. The truck went up in flames and one unidentified person was taken to hospital.
Pierce said both crashes were likely due to driver error. He said this underscored the importance of being hyper-vigilant in construction zones.
He pointed out that both driving habits and patterns had changed, noting that busy roads like I-77 had been empty for months. Because of the COVID19 pandemic, construction activity was on pause and fewer vehicles were on the roads.
Pierce said people were now starting to get out again.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, 6,542 people sustained injuries in construction zone accidents in 2019, and 30 died. More than 50 percent of the injuries were due to drivers who were either speeding or distracted.
If you suffered injuries in a crash or you lost a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation. A North Carolina car accident lawyer can help you.