Box Truck Runs Out of Fuel, Causes Fatal Rear-End Collision
Officials Investigating Speed of SUV
A man in a box truck traveled north on Interstate 77 when he ran out of fuel. The truck stalled in the center lane near exit 19 when an SUV crashed into the rear of it.
WSOC-TV reports that the 26-year-old man driving the SUV died at the scene of the crash. The box truck driver sustained minor injuries and received treatment at Carolinas Medical Center in Huntersville.
The interstate closed down all lanes while the clean-up and investigation took place. Police are not expected to file charges against the truck driver, reports WSOC-TV. Investigators are checking to see if the SUV driver attempted to lower his speed or brake before colliding with the box truck.
Police do not believe weather played a role in the wreck.
Information on Trucking Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. Here are additional statistics regarding 18-wheeler accidents:
- An estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
- 74 percent of those injured were occupants of other vehicles.
- From 2013 to 2014, there was a 19-percent increase in the number of injured occupants of other vehicles involved in crashes with large trucks.
- Seventy-nine percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays.
- Trucks were struck in the rear in twenty-one percent of fatal two-vehicle crashes in 2014.