Interstate 64 is a major transportation artery that runs though half of the country, including Charleston. Like other major highways, I-64 is filled with trucks carrying all kinds of different cargo throughout the Eastern U.S. Not surprisingly, the busy highway also sees its fair share of truck accidents.
Recently, a semi truck accident in nearby Huntington stopped all westbound traffic on I-64 for more than six hours. In addition, the accident lead to closure of one of the eastbound lanes for a short period. One report indicated that the accident involved a truck hauling a crane. The truck apparently overturned during the accident that also involved another vehicle. Authorities have not yet disclosed the cause of the accident.
Two people were taken to a nearby hospital following the accident, but their injuries were not life-threatening.
While this accident primarily caused traffic delays and inconvenience, truck accidents often involve serious injuries and even death. The size and weight of semi trucks that are loaded with cargo can make them difficult for the driver to stop or to maneuver around other vehicles on the highway. These dangers become even more magnified where truck driver fatigue is an issue.
All drivers should be especially careful when sharing the roadways with trucks. At the same time, truck drivers have special training and licensing because their vehicles can be so dangerous. Thus, when a semi truck is involved in an accident, both the driver and the truck company may be liable for any injuries and other damages resulting from the accident.
Semi trucks are a vital means of moving goods throughout the country. But, drivers and truck companies must be sure to follow all safety regulations and traffic laws to ensure the safety of everyone else on the road.
Source: WCHS TV 8, "Semi-Truck Accident Closes Lanes Of Traffic On I- 64 In Huntington," Tiersa Davis, July 23, 2013