Joseph D’Ascoli Killed in Smithfield, NC, Rollover Accident
Smithfield, NC -- May 22, 2017, Joseph Steve D'Ascoli was killed after an accident in which his 18-wheeler overturned into a parking lot.
38-year-old D'Ascoli was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident, which was the parking lot of a church located at 4269 Cleveland Road.
According to authorities from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, D'Ascoli was driving the Gaines Oil Company fuel truck along the eastbound lane of Cleveland Road at around 10"00 a.m. As he did so, the truck somehow lost control and went off the side of the road. It crashed through a roadside ditch, causing the truck to overturn.
As a result of the crash, the cab of the truck caught fire. D'Ascoli was unable to escape the vehicle. Rescue crews were able to put out the fire before it spread to the tank.
At this time, investigators continue to investigate the cause of the accident. No further details have been released at this time.
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