• August 11, 2022

April Hill, Child Killed in Crash with Loose Truck Cargo on Hwy 601 in Surry County, NC

Surry County, NC — August 10, 2022, 42-year-old April Hill and a child passenger died in a crash with a log that fell off a semi-truck in Surry County.

Reports say the incident happened shortly before 6:00 a.m. on Highway 601. Preliminary investigation suggests a tractor-trailer hauling logs was headed north on the highway when it overturned in a curve and lost some of its cargo. Hill was driving south in the area when one of the big rig's logs hit her vehicle. The impact caused Hill to lose control; her car ran off the road and down a nearby embankment.

Hill and a child in her car were pronounced dead at the scene. It's unclear if the truck driver was hurt, but reports say charges are pending.

No further information is currently available.

April Hill, Child Killed in Crash with Loose Log in Surry County, NC

Commentary on April Hill Accident on Hwy 601 in Surry County

If reports have their facts straight it seems like the truck driver made a critical and costly error here that claimed two innocent lives. The victims' loved ones would likely be justified in wanting some accountability for the tragic damage done. That's not to speak for them in any way, just how I'd probably feel in their position after such a terrible incident.

Of course, wanting accountability and actually getting it are different things. Frustrating as it often is, trucking companies rarely accept fault for these matters without doing everything they can to avoid it first. Some may not see how that'd be possible here given how the wreck allegedly occurred, but I've warned a lot of people over the years not to underestimate how inventive defense attorneys can be. Click the image below to learn about some of the complications that often follow a commercial vehicle accident.

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