A tractor-trailer accident in Rock Hill resulted in the death of two individuals a few days ago.
Channel 9 reported on this case, and stated that the tractor-trailer was in route from New Jersey when the driver slid off Interstate-77 and hit an embankment, just on the south side of Rock Hill, SC.
The male driver, and his female passenger, ages 48 and 42 respectively, were both killed upon impact. According to the reports, the tractor began to drift off the highway, and continued to do so until hitting the bank and then almost 250 feet into the woods thereafter.
Crews reported that it was nearly impossible to see the tractor-trailer from the highway after the accident. It took fire-fighters almost an hour to cut down the surrounding woods to reach the people in the cab, and by the time they did, it was too late.
The cab where the man and woman were found it was barely recognizable as well, flipped over on its side, and spilling the imported crab legs back into the woods.
After all day clean-up and an investigation, it was concurred that the driver of the tractor-trailer began to drift off the side of the highway, and eventually hit an embankment on the side of the road before the 18-wheeler went racing through the Carolina Pines.
Moreover, there were no reported signs that the man ever applied his brakes at the time of the accident. In fact, it seems as though he simply drifted off the side of the road, and did not even realize that he was doing so. There were no reported drugs or alcohol in either of the victims bodies at the time of the accident. There is still no solidified answer as to what caused this particular accident, yet one can only imagine.
This is sadly a common scenario for truck drivers who have been on the road for hours without the proper amount of sleep.
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