Driver injured when tractor-trailer crashes at Pee Dee River bridge

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

A Durham man was injured early Friday afternoon when the tractor-trailer he was driving left Highway 74 and ran into a guardrail on the Anson County side of the Pee Dee River bridge.

A Chuck Thames photo Traffic backs up on eastbound Highway 74 early Friday afternoon after a tractor-trailer ran into a guardrail and crashed, authorities said.

A Chuck Thames photo
Traffic backs up on eastbound Highway 74 early Friday afternoon after a tractor-trailer ran into a guardrail and crashed, authorities said.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers from both Richmond and Anson counties responded to the scene. Trooper K.J. Hower said it seemed that Dwayne Nelson, 48, was traveling east at about 1:20 p.m. in his 2012 Peterbilt truck, owned by Arnold Transport, when “for some reason, his brakes locked up.”

Hower said the vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway and hit a guardrail just before the bridge. The incident ended up “blocking a good part of 74” for up to 45 minutes.

Nelson was transported by Anson County EMS to Anson Community Hospital in Wadesboro for treatment. Hower said the driver was “banged up pretty but (but) nothing life-threatening.”

Anson Rescue Squad and Watson Wrecker Service also responded to the scene.

Hower said Nelson was cited for failure to maintain lane control.

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    I can well see how a brake lock up and forced lane change can happen. As a retired long haul trucker I’ve seen it many times. When a trucker has to make a really fast brake check he will grab the hand valve which locks the tandems (trailer brakes) trying to keep from hitting something or someone. I’m not saying this is what happened in this incident but there is usually a 4-wheeler involved. They come flying around the truck, like a bat out of hades, and slam on brakes forcing the truck to try and take evasive action which usually causes a jackknife. I was involved in a deadly accident just prior to my retirement, which occurred in downtown Chicago. A 4-wheeler came flying across 3 lanes of rush hour traffic weaving in and out and had to slam on brakes in front of the truck just ahead of me. The truck jackknifed and wiped out 2 lanes of traffic as well as myself and a young trucker who was in the lane beside me. We had just waved at each other and 10 seconds later he was dead. The culprit in the car made a run for it but someone got his license plate number and they later caught him. It’s sad that anyone has to be killed because of the stupidity of someone else. There’s also another bad part and that is, the trucker is usually left to take the blame. I recently saw a bumper sticker on the rear of a car that said, “I Enjoy Making Big Trucks Brake.” You just can’t stop an 80,000 lb. big truck on a dime !!!

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