WITN reports that the 18-wheeler was heading north on Highway 11 in Lenoir County, North Carolina when a second tractor-trailer pulled in front of it. The first 18-wheeler swerved to avoid the second but clipped the second 18-wheeler’s trailer.
The first 18-wheeler then hit an SUV that was topped at a stop sign and overturned on to the vehicle.
Stacy Smith, 68, was killed in the accident. His wife, 48-year-old Melissa Smith, was freed from the wreckage and flown to Vidant Medical Center.
The driver of the second tractor-trailer, Steven Brunt, 20, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.
The follow information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):