• November 04, 2022

18-Wheeler’s Loose Axle Hits Car, Driver Killed on I-85 near Cowpens, SC

Cowpens, SC — October 26, 2022, a 49-year-old man was critically injured when a truck's loose axle hit his car on I-85 near Cowpens in Spartanburg County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:30 a.m. on I-85 near mile marker 83, around two miles north of town. Preliminary investigation suggests a big rig was northbound on the highway when the driver may have lost control for unknown reasons. The truck ran off the road to the right and hit a concrete wall; the impact caused one of its axles to break free. It then entered the southbound lanes and hit the victim's Toyota sedan.

The Toyota driver was taken to an area hospital where he died of his injuries on November 3.

No further information is currently available.

18-Wheeler's Loose Axle Hits Car, Driver Killed on I-85 near Cowpens, SC

Commentary on Truck Axle Accident on I-85 near Cowpens

Obviously this is a very serious situation with tragic results. It's important to investigate it carefully and resolve the many lingering questions surrounding it: How and why did the northbound big rig go out of control in the first place? How hard did it hit the wall that its axle broke free and went airborne? How fast was it traveling to achieve that kind of damage? Were that collision and the axle's detachment preventable? Was the truck in good repair?

Unfortunately, in my experience law enforcement crash investigators don't always dig deep enough to get all those answers. I don't mean to slight their efforts, but think about it: Do they really have the time or resources to carefully look into every source of data about the truck, the driver, and the company behind them? If this crash is like others I've seen where loose parts caused chaos, that's the kind of thorough investigation needed to get the whole story and see justice done.

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