Two Killed, One Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-85 in Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC -- November 24, 2021, two people were killed and one person was injured due to an accident on I-85 involving an 18-wheeler.
Authorities say they responded to the crash scene at around 2:00 a.m. The crash closed down interstate lanes between Freedom Drive and Billy Graham Parkway.
Right now, the details surrounding the accident are scarce. Police said that a Mustang became disabled along the southbound lanes of the interstate. While there, an 18-wheeler reportedly did not slow and crashed into it.
This resulted in two deaths and one person suffering unspecified injuries. Additional information is currently unclear.
Commentary on Fatal 18-wheeler Accident on I-85 in Charlotte
There are still key details not available, so the last thing anyone should do is jump to conclusions. But reports suggesting the 18-wheeler didn't slow down at all is certainly concerning. Perhaps there was simply no way to see the disabled car, but that's going to take some serious digging.
I had a crash not long ago involving similar circumstances. The reports said an 18-wheeler hit a disabled car in the middle of the freeway because it was simply too dark to see the car. Through our investigations, we came across video footage the authorities never got to see. The footage was from cameras inside the truck's cabin and its dash cam. The dash cam video clearly showed the victim's car come into view about three-quarters of a mile down the road. Why didn't the truck driver slow down or move over? Well, the cabin footage showed he was too busy watching TV shows on his tablet.
Obviously, that situation was far more avoidable than the initial reports made it seem. I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but are the proper steps being taken to look into every possible detail?