Trucks are larger and heavier than other cars on the road, which explains why 77 percent of those injured and 86 percent of those killed in large truck collisions are the drivers or passengers of the smaller vehicles. And sadly, Wednesday night a tractor-trailer heading eastbound on U.S. 64 jackknifed and traveled over the center line, crashing into a church van holding 14 people. The wreck happened near Lake Toxaway in Transylvania County and shut down the road for more than 3 hours.
According to the N.C. highway patrol the driver of the truck, Edwin Morrow, ran off the shoulder and attempted to pull the truck back on the road. In doing so he lost control and traveled left of center.
15 total were injured, 4 are in critical condition at Mission Hospital, 8 were taken to Transylvania Regional Hopsital, and 3 were taken to Highlands-iers hospital.
When trucks are on Western North Carolina roads and something goes wrong, the laws of physics are not in our favor. Please drive safely this holiday season.