CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A tractor-trailer driver was killed after being hit while helping another driver involved in a wreck, WBTV reports.
The accident happened on the northbound lanes of I-85 near Exit 32 Friday morning. It involved two tractor-trailers and one other car.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, a car rear-ended a tractor-trailer and both vehicles pulled over to the side of the interstate. Officials said the tractor-trailer driver got out of the truck to check on the driver of the car and was hit and killed by another tractor-trailer.
It's a devastating outcome with lessons for all drivers.
“The biggest thing I can take away with this one is, if you are involved in a collision the best thing to do is pull over to the shoulder, just like the tractor trailer driver did,” said Trooper Maher. “Don’t get out of your vehicle.”
NCDOT, who is responsible for maintaining the highway, said the streetlights were not working at that location near the Little Rock Road exit.
“Of course we never want to hear about an accident where someone loses their life, especially in this case where someone is trying to be a good Samaritan and help someone else who is need,” said Jen Thompson, NCDOT Communications Officer.
Thompson said that unfortunately the streetlights in that section of I-85 were out.
“This was something we were already working on before this incident occurred,” Thompson said. She added that the parts have been ordered.
NCDOT says they are working on the streetlights in that section of the highway. They say the lights should be fixed in the next couple of weeks.
As for the people involved in the fatal crash, troopers said the second tractor-trailer driver and car driver were taken to Carolinas Medical Center. Officials have not released the extent of their injuries.
The name of the victim has not been released.