We all depend greatly on tractor-trailer trucks for the supplies we need and the necessities we buy in stores. But with tractor-trailer trucks weighing 10,000-80,000 pounds, they also cause some of the most terrible accidents. Most years, there are over 300,000 accidents involving big rigs and large trucks in the US.
When a large truck collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, it is almost always the people in the passenger vehicle that are hurt the most. But truck drivers can be injured in wrecks, as well. Especially when there is a truck that flips over or there is a hazardous payload that spills or catches fire.
Sandy Run, SC (Paul Kirby) – A tractor trailer truck flipped onto its side early Thursday morning on the west entrance ramp to I-26 at the 129-mile marker.
The call was dispatched to both Lexington County’s Fire and EMS services just after 3:00 a.m. Thursday, June 25, 2020. The accident was reported to the county’s 911 Communication’s Center by a sheriff’s deputy.
The fire service already had multiple pieces of its equipment and manpower on I-26 west at the scene of what the SDPS said was a large vehicle fire. According to the SCDPS’ system, that incident had at least a portion of the roadway blocked near the 116-mile marker. That incident was reported closer to 2:00 a.m. Much of the equipment that responded to the truck wreck at the 129-ramp responded from there.
When units arrived at the ramp on Exit 129, they did find a truck laying on its side. After assessing that scene, most of Lexington County’s equipment left quickly with just a small amount of resources left on the scene awaiting the arrival of the SCHP out of Orangeburg. A heavy wrecker was being dispatched around 4:00 a.m. to right the truck and tow it away.
9 Safety Tips for Driving Near Large Trucks
We’d like to share the following safety tips for driving around large trucks:
- Give large trucks plenty of space when they are trying to turn right.
- Don’t follow too closely behind them. You could end up with rocks in your windshield from their tires or you may not have enough room to react if a tire tread suddenly comes loose.
- Remember if you can’t see the side mirrors of a truck, the truck driver can’t see you and may not be able to see your vehicle.
- Keep in mind that large trucks require a much longer distance to come to a full stop than a car.
- Don’t swerve quickly in front of a large truck.
- Don’t pull out right in front of a big rig truck or other large vehicles from a stop sign on a side road or a parking lot. They have the right of way if they are on the main road and you are stopped and they may not have time to slow down.
- Follow all traffic rules to keep yourself and others safe.
- Be sure to wear your seatbelt and ask everyone in your vehicle to always wear a seatbelt when traveling in a car or other motor vehicle.
- If a tractor-trailer truck is tailgating you, switch lanes or pull off of the highway and let the truck pass by.
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