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May 12 2010 - Three Semis Involved in Deadly Virginia Truck Accident
WYTHE COUNTY, VA—An Arkansas tractor-trailer driver died in a three-vehicle collision on Interstate 81 early Monday, according to the Virginia State Police.
The victim was identified late Monday as 38-year-old James Collum.
At 3:40 a.m. at the 58-mile marker in Wythe County, Va., a tractor-trailer hauling 30 cows and bulls from Knoxville ran off the northbound lanes and onto the median, police report, when the driver tried to swerve around three deer.
The driver’s attempt to steer the rig back onto the road, police say, instead tipped it over on its side.
Moments later, a second tractor-trailer, driven by Collum, collided with the overturned trailer. The driver died at the scene, police report.
A third tractor-trailer, though slowing to avoid the pileup, swerved out of control, police report, and flipped on its side, coming to rest alongside the wreckage of the first two vehicles.
The first driver, Marion F. Dale, 59, of Dunn, N.C., was transported by ambulance to Wythe County Community Hospital. Police say his injuries are not considered life-threatening.
Dale’s passenger, David H. Jones, of Wade, N.C., was rushed to the same hospital, and then flown by helicopter to Bristol Regional Medical Center, where police said he was being treated for life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the third tractor-trailer, Randall T. Hawkins, 43, of Tennessee, was treated at the scene and released, police report.
Only half the livestock – bound for Godwin, N.C. – survived the crash, police report. A local veterinarian was called to the scene to euthanize the severely injured animals. The rest were transported to the Wytheville Livestock Market until the owners can arrange for a transport.
Dale, the driver of the first tractor-trailer, has been charged with reckless driving, police report.
The crash remains under investigation.
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