U.S. 70 Business through Garner, North Carolina (NC), served as the scene of a for a fatal chain-reaction crash on the morning of August 17, 2015. The deadly wreck began when a moving van ran into the back of a disabled vehicle near the interchange with I-40 southeast of Raleigh. The force of the initial impact sent the box truck across the highway median and into two SUVs traveling in the opposite direction. The driver of the car lost her life, while three people in the SUVs sustained serious injuries requiring hospital treatment.
The truck operator escaped injuries. Investigators do not know why the car he collided with wound up stopped in a lane of traffic or why the trucker could not avoid crashing into the motionless car. The car may have stalled due to engine problems, or the driver may have suffered a medical emergency. Then the person behind the wheel of the moving van may have been distracted, speeding or following too closely. Investigators will need to fully recreate the crash in order to decide whether to file charges.
Determining exactly why the wreck occurred also matters for assigning liability for settling insurance claims and, possibly, paying damages for causing personal injuries and a wrongful death. The truck driver, the injured survivors and the family of the deceased woman all need to know the exact reason they ended up dealing the aftermath of the rear-end collision and ancillary wrecks so they can have medical bills, repair costs and, sadly, funeral expenses covered by the responsible party.