A tractor-trailer owned by Martin’s Abbatoir Wholesale Meat Company carrying a truck load of cattle over turned on Interstate 85 in Concord, North Carolina (NC) injuring one person and killing the driver.
Sgt. Garrett Barger from the North Carolina Highway Patrol told reporters, “The driver either fell asleep or had some kind of medical condition, ran off the road to the right, traveled 600-800 feet and hit the other guard rail. The truck overturned, made a huge hole in the top of the trailer and several of the cows got out.” The North Carolina Highway Patrol had to call in volunteers and a group of local cowboys to clean up the tractor-trailer accident. The cowboys searched surrounding areas and found escaped cattle over two exits away.
At the time of the accident there were two people inside the tractor-trailer. The driver, Lloyd Ward, died at the scene of the accident. Another passenger who was asleep in the trailer’s sleeper cabin was seriously injured. The other passenger was also a driver for Martin’s Abbatoir Wholesale Meat Company and was sleeping before his turn to drive.
Falling asleep at the wheel or succumbing to medical conditions while driving can prove tragic and sadly Lloyd Ward lost his life. While the other passenger in the tractor-trailer accident luckily survived, he will likely suffer through an extended recovery process. Being the passenger in a serious accident is difficult to bear. Often the driver’s insurance does not cover the scope of the passengers needs and the passenger is left to cover them on their own. A personal injury attorney can help that person work through the legalities of their medical needs so they can focus on recovering and returning to their work and family.
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