Georgia Truck Driver Dies in Virginia Accident
A crash on Interstate 81 in Virginia has left two dead and several more injured. The accident involved two semi trucks and a BMW. Police are investigating and say that charges could be pending against one of the semi drivers.
According to a story by WSLS-TV, the accident took place just after eight p.m. on January 17. The driver of the one of the semis, a 50-year-old man from Atkins, Virginia, was carrying sawdust, headed north on I-81. Around Salem, the man lost control of his truck and slid toward the left edge of the northbound lanes. The truck crashed through a guardrail and over the median, and jackknifed into the southbound lanes.
Driving in the right-hand lane was a 64-year-old trucker from Columbus, Georgia. There was nowhere for him to steer his semi to avoid the semi in the road ahead of him, and the two trucks crashed. A BMW driven by a 28-year-old woman also collided with the 50-year-old’s semi.
Both drivers died at the scene. The two passengers in the BMW, a 31-year-old woman and an infant, suffered injuries in the accident. They were taken to the hospital for treatment. A passenger in the Georgia truck driver’s semi was also injured and taken to the hospital. The driver of the jackknifed truck also went to the hospital, but was later released.
A sergeant with the Virginia State Police said that his department is investigating the accident. Police met with the accident attorneys in Highbridge to discuss filing charges against the surviving truck driver.