Two Injured 18-wheeler, Utility Lines Accident on Highway 70 in Clayton, NC
Clayton, NC -- May 13, 2022, two people sustained injuries due to an accident where a tractor-trailer struck utility lines on Highway 70.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 5:00 p.m. outside the Speedway at Business 70 and Powhatan Road.
According to officials, an 18-wheeler coming out of the Speedway lot somehow hit low hanging utility lines, bringing them down. A car then hit the lines, reportedly injuring two people in the car.
Right now, additional details about the accident are unavailable.
Commentary on 18-wheeler Utility Lines Accident on Highway 70 in Clayton
This is certainly an unusual situation, as I'm sure there are plenty of commercial trucks that passed through this area without any issues. So what went wrong here? Could it be that the city failed to address a serious hazard with the low-hanging utility lines? Was this an existing problem that locals have known and complained about? Or, could it be there was something unusual about the truck involved that caused it to hit lines that were at an appropriate height? Did a driver go somewhere where trucks were prohibited or while over clearly marked height signs? This is certainly not the average crash, so getting folks the help they need may require more thorough independent investigations.