• March 02, 2023

One Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on US 74/76 in Columbus County, NC

Columbus County, NC -- March 1, 2023, one person was injured after an accident on US 74/76 involving an 18-wheeler that left the scene.

Initial details given by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol say that the incident happened at approximately 4:18 p.m. in the area of US 74/76 (Andrew Jackson Highway) and Water Tank Road, just outside Bolton.

Details say that a Toyota Camry was going westbound along the highway. It appears that a tractor-trailer "pulled over" such that the Toyota was forced off-road. There, the car crashed into an embankment. Police say the 18-wheeler stopped about a mile away from the crash, but they also say it "left the scene."

Columbus County, NC 18-wheeler Accident Injures 1 on US 74/76 at Water Tank Rd.

The driver of the Toyota had injuries believed to be non-life-threatening. Right now, additional details are unavailable. If it's true this indeed was a hit-and-run, my hope is authorities are doing everything possible to work with the community in case has information they may have overlooked. The community is one of the most vital tools investigators can have when a vehicle leaves the scene of a crash.

Not long ago, for example, we released details about a hit-and-run a family came to us about so that it was more visible in the area of where the collision occurred. Not long after, a couple contacted us with the truck's plate number and company name. They actually followed the truck but were nearly run off the road by him when the driver saw them tailing his truck. While they did go to police with the information, it somehow slipped through the cracks, and they never followed up. Fortunately, the efforts of the community helped resolve the situation. The same could very well prove true here, as well.


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