A Transportation Department employee died after his dump truck was rear-ended by another dump truck on N.C. 12 Saturday.

According to a North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper, a dump truck being driven by a 36-year-old man hit another dump truck from behind.  A 45-year-old man was driving the second truck, which caught on fire, killing the driver inside.

The driver of the first truck was injured and taken to an area hospital. The men were removing sand from the highway that resulted after Hurricane Sandy.

The highway had just reopened Saturday.  It was closed for several hours Sunday before the Department of Transportation re-opened it.

Studies from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reveal that 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2010.  During that same year, 276,00 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes.  If you or a family member is involved in a serious accident, you will need an attorney to protect your rights and get you on a successful path to recovery.  Call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.