FAYETTEVILLE, NC – One person was killed and two other injured when a tractor-trailer (name of driver not released) swerved into the median on Interstate 95 in Rowland, North Carolina and overturned. The crashed truck covered both lanes and the shoulder of the road. Shortly after the tractor-trailer overturned, a car driven by Tameka McLellan approached the vehicle but was unable to avoid it and crashed into it. Ms. McLellan’s vehicle then bounced into the median where a third vehicle, a tractor-trailer driven by Jeffrey Coleman of Early Environmental Contracting, approached the scene of the accident and was also unable to stop. Mr. Coleman ran into the car, which killed Lee Murphy who was a passenger in the vehicle. Both Mr. Cole and Ms. McLellan were transported to Southeastern Regional Medical Center for injuries that they sustained.
Comments from Our Trucking Attorneys
Truck drivers have to maintain a safe speed for conditions to avoid losing control of their vehicle and jackknifing. Because of the size and weight of the vehicle and the fact that the trailer can rotate around the tractor, truck drivers have to avoid hard braking maneuvers while moving left or right because those types of maneuvers will cause the trailer to off-track and move at a different speed. Then the trailer moves faster than the tractor and rotates around causing the vehicle to jackknife and overturn. A truck driver who is properly trained should always know how to avoid a jackknife even in an emergency situation. We have handled several cases involving jackknifed tractor-trailers. You can view our case results here.