Accident Involving Log Truck Causes Death
A Powellsville man was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer hauling lumber while driving on the evening of Tuesday, July 7. According to Chief David Powell of the Powellsville Volunteer Fire Department and Sergeant A. L. Bowen of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 7:15 p.m. that evening when a 2010 Chevy passenger car was struck by the truck.
The victim and driver of the car was a 39-year-old Powellsville man who was heading south on U.S. 13 when he was T-boned by the tractor-trailer being driven by a 50-year-old Jamesville man. The driver of the Chevy car had been attempting to make a left turn into a parking lot close to the intersection of Center Grove Road and Highway 13.
The driver of the Chevy was killed on impact, and his vehicle was dragged nearly 23 feet before finally coming to a stop on the side of the road. Meanwhile, the truck traveled another 226 feet before coming to rest on its side near a ditch in front of an auto parts store. Logs were strewn across the highway as a result of the accident, which led to some significant traffic delays. The driver of the truck and his passenger were transported by emergency medical services to Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital. The accident was still under investigation, and charges were pending.
People turning left have a responsibility to make sure the way is clear before they do so. However, driving making left turns are not always automatically liable in the accident. The driver causing the collision, for example, could be found liable if he or she is breaking some type of traffic law at the time of the accident.
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