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2 Killed, 4 Injured When Semi Hits Motorcyclists

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Camara Thomas2 years ago

Two people are dead and at least four others were injured as a result of a tragic hit-and-run that occurred in North Carolina on Friday.

Details of the Fatal Accident

According to WXII News, the accident happened on Friday around 6:20 a.m. on southbound Interstate 73 near Business 85.

The driver of a semi-truck, Daniel Santiago, 34, had fallen asleep behind the wheel of his truck and crashed into a group of six motorcyclists as he ran off the road.

Santiago then continued to drive away from the accident – police later caught up to him and arrested him. It was suspected that he only stopped because he had a flat tire.

Arnie M. Morris, 37, and Kenneth N. Jefferson, 51, were both killed in the accident. The other four riders sustained injuries due to the incident.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012, marking a 4-percent increase from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of those killed in 2012:
    • 697 were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles
    • 381 were listed as non-occupants, such as pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • An additional 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2012, nearly a 20-percent increase from the previous year.


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