• August 18, 2022

Curtis Lyons Injured in Fiery 18-Wheeler Crash on I-77 in Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC — August 15, 2022, truck driver Curtis Lyons was injured in a fiery single-vehicle truck accident on Interstate 77 in Charlotte.

According to reports the incident happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. on northbound I-77 near the John Belk Freeway. Preliminary investigation suggests Lyons was driving an 18-wheeler north on the highway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck drifted through the right shoulder and hit a concrete barrier. Its trailer, full of beef and produce for Walmart, then caught fire and became engulfed. The fire ignited the truck's saddle tanks and caused it to catch fire as well.

Lyons suffered burn injuries and was transported to an area hospital. Investigators reportedly cited him for failure to maintain his lane.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Curtis Lyons Injured in Fiery 18-Wheeler Crash on I-77 in Charlotte, NC

Commentary on Fiery Truck Accident on I-77 in Charlotte

Reports only say the big rig ran off the road, but it seems investigators don't have much insight yet into why that happened. Did the driver make a mistake--get distracted at the wheel, say, or accidentally nod off? Did the truck hit a bad patch of road and lose traction? Did a tire blow out? Or did a malfunction or defect in the truck send it off-course?

That's only a handful of possible factors that need careful attention--particularly the idea of a malfunction or defect. Those happen in vehicles far more often than people realize, and 18-wheelers in particular have a number of concerning design flaws that can make a crash jump from bad to worse in no time.

Take for example the "saddle" fuel tanks mentioned in news reports. Because of their exposed placement at the sides of the truck, there's little between them and the elements and they sometimes rupture far too easily as a result. A truck crash is bad enough without becoming a fiery one, yet the majority of big rigs have these time bombs strapped to their sides and that's a big problem. Click the link below to read more.

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