LEXINGTON, NC – One person was killed this morning when a semi truck crashed into the rear of a car that was stopped on the southbound I-85 near the Highway 8 exit at mile marker 91 in Davidson County. The truck accident happened at about 11:20 am when the driver of the tractor-trailer struck the vehicle that had come to a stop in the right-hand lane of traffic.
The force of the collision pushed the car about 100 yards then the truck jack-knifed and slid off to the left side of the road. The car basically exploded into flames and came to rest on the right shoulder.
Police say that the the driver of the car was killed when the semi-truck crashed into the back of it after stopping on the Interstate. The reason the car was stopped on the highway is not clear to investigators at this time. Southbound lanes were closed for most of the afternoon while crews cleaned up. The Interstate was re-opened around 2 pm. Authorities have not revealed the identity or gender of the victim, but one eyewitness believes the driver was a female.
Police are not releasing any additional details at this time or whether or not the semi truck driver will face any charges for his part in the collision. The Lexington Police are investigating the fatal truck accident with assistance from Highway Patrol troopers.
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