A truck driver was injured in a one-vehicle tractor-trailer crash in Page County on Monday afternoon, January 14. Local police say that the Virginia truck accident was likely caused by a shifting load and speeding.
According to local news sources, 55-year-old Ata Naiz was driving a commercial truck eastbound on Route 211, just before 3 p.m. on Monday, when the load in his trailer shifted as he took a turn too fast. The driver lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway, crashed through a guardrail, and drove down an embankment. The trucker suffered serious injuries in the accident and was brought by helicopter ambulance to Winchester Medical Center for treatment. His current condition is not known.
Although no one has been charged at present in relation to the one-vehicle accident, police say that charges are pending against the driver and that the truck accident remains under investigation. Authorities said that although the truck was driving near the highway’s 55-mile-per-hour speed limit, he was driving too fast for current weather conditions. The speed of the truck caused the shifting load, which in turn caused the accident.
The VA truck crash closed one lane of the highway as police and other emergency responders cleared the accident and collected evidence. Traffic was backed up for several hours as authorities redirected vehicles around the accident. It is unclear when the guardrail damaged in the crash will be repaired.
Shapiro & Appleton and everyone at our law firm wishes the injury victim in this truck accident a fast and complete recovery.