A coal truck driver in Fayetteville, West Virginia (WV) operated the vehicle in a reckless manner and wound up hitting a Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV driven by a 19-year-old. The teenager did not survive the truck-SUV crash.
The accident occurred on W.Va. 61 and the at-fault coal truck driver apparently crossed the center like and slammed, head-on into the SUV.
A police investigation determined that the coal truck driver was reckless and is now facing negligent homicide charges, according to wvva.com. The at-fault coal truck driver could face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted.
The tragic accident is a reminder of how important it is to operate large, commercial vehicle responsibly. When a vehicle as massive as a coal truck is operated in a negligent, irresponsible manner, the ramifications can be devastating, as evident by this WV wreck.
My deepest condolences go out to the family of the victim. Losing someone you love is never easy, but to lose someone so suddenly and at such a young age is awful.