Driver Charged Post Overturned Tractor-Trailer in the Isle of Wight
We read all too often about an overturned tractor-trailer in the Isle of Wight. Far too many big rigs run off these rural roads, possibly due to driver drowsiness early in the morning. An out-of-control truck can mean danger and destruction for other road users.
In the latest incident, Virginia State Police confirmed a driver was charged Wednesday after his tractor-trailer overturned in Isle of Wight County.
State police said the 48-year-old from Greensboro, North Carolina, was driving west on Route 460 when he veered off the road and overturned on the shoulder.
Neither the trucker nor anyone else was injured by the overturned tractor-trailer in the Isle of Wight. The trucker was charged with failure to maintain lane of travel.
Police said all lanes of Route 460 were blocked at Ecella Road while crews worked to clear the debris from the crash.
The presence of numerous big rigs on Route 460 makes this road particularly hazardous. Over one weekend before Christmas, five people lost their lives on Route 460.
There are many reasons why we read about an overturned tractor-trailer in the Isle of Wight. The trucker may be drowsy or inattentive or lose control on a curve. A big rig may have been overloaded.
In May 2017, WAVY reported a truck driver was injured when he fell asleep and crashed his rig into a tree on U.S. Route 460 in Isle of Wight County.
VDOT 511 reported the crash blocked all lanes on both sides of 460, near Stave Mill Road.
State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya said the driver from Amherst, fell asleep, ran off the right shoulder of 460 and hit a tree. The crash occurred around 2 a.m.
The tree then fell into the road. Anaya said two other drivers hit the fallen tree.
An image provided by state police showed a heavily damaged tractor-trailer. The trucker’s injuries were not life-threatening.
This month, a tractor-trailer transporting hogs overturned on a road in Smithfield.
Virginia State Police say the troopers responded to the crash around 4:30 a.m. on Foursquare Road near Courthouse Highway in Smithfield. The driver was not injured.
State police say the 23-year-old truck driver ran off the road and over-corrected — causing his rig to overturn. He was charged with reckless driving.
In these recent cases of an overturned tractor-trailer in the Isle of Wight, no other drivers, passengers or pedestrians were injured. However, it’s only a matter of time until a crash of this nature proves to be devastating. If you have been hurt in a trucking crash in the Isle of Wight or elsewhere in Hampton Roads, please contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.