Two North Carolina truckers are dead after a violent 18-wheeler crash that occurred out of state in Louisiana Wednesday.

The 25-year-old truck driver and his 21-year-old passenger were both pronounced dead on the scene, while another 25-year-old passenger was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

The tractor-trailer rig crashed Wednesday morning on Interstate 12 when the large vehicle ran off the highway, struck trees, and caught fire.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

In the United States, approximately 500,000 accidents involving large commercial vehicles happen every year.  Although these large vehicles play a huge part in our nation’s economy, commercial vehicles present dangers for road users. If you or someone you know has been involved in a crash involving a tractor-trailer or otherwise, call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.