Jessica Smith Killed in Accident With Parked Truck On I-40 Near Greensboro, NC

A young woman named Jessica Smith was tragically killed on Tuesday morning when she car struck the back of a tractor-trailer that was parked along the shoulder of Interstate 40.  The accident happened in Guilford County, NC in the westbound lanes at around 5:00 am.  Apparently, Ms. Smith was on her way to home to Winston-Salem from her job in the RTP.

According to available information, the tractor-trailer experienced a flat-tire so the driver pulled the rig onto the shoulder.  However, it appears that he then went to sleep in the sleeper portion of the cab.

This is a terrible accident and it brings up many questions about what happened.  First, did the tractor-trailer driver place reflective triangles on the approach to his rig in accordance with federal regulations?  Did the tractor-trailer keep any lights on his rig to improve the conspicuity of the tractor-trailer?  While it may be true that Ms. Smith did not stay within her lane of travel, the location of the tractor-trailer was very dangerous to on-coming vehicles such as Ms. Smith’s car.

Read more about this serious accident.

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