Last week, there was a tanker truck crash in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Cedar Creek Road, near Old Fort Road in Broad River. Very few details about this truck crash have been released, but we do know that the wreck happened sometime before 7:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. Initial reports indicate that the tanker truck veered into a creek and then overturned on the roadway.
Fuel Truck Jackknifed on Hairpin Turn
The large fuel truck reportedly jackknifed as it was navigating a hairpin turn. The back end of the truck ended up in the creek beside the roadway. The overturned truck completely obstructed the roadway. A portion of the roadway had to be closed for the rest of the day as crews and first responders worked the scene. Because the truck was hauling about 3,500 gallons of fuel, crews had to offload that safely before the truck could be towed away.
Warning Truck Drivers of Hairpin Turn in Buncombe County
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a truck driver has attempted turning on this risky stretch of roadway. It simply isn’t equipped to deal with the length of a commercial trucking vehicle. Residents in the area are calling for more signs to be put up closer to the hairpin turn. They want to warn truck drivers not to come up this stretch of roadway. Thankfully, no fuel was spilled in this crash, and no injuries were reported on the scene.
U.S. Truck Crash Stats
- Between 2016 and 2017, there was a nine-percent increase in truck crash fatalities.
- In 2017, there were 4,761 people killed in crashes involving large trucks in the U.S.
- 72 percent of people killed in large truck crashes in 2017 were occupants in other vehicles.
Truck Accidents in Asheville
After any kind of accident involving a semi truck or tractor-trailer, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer with proven truck accident case experience. Accidents involving commercial trucking vehicles often take additional investigative efforts due to federal rules and regulations associated with the industry. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident in Asheville, Buncombe County or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-303-2842 for a free case consultation today.