In the early morning hours of June 24, a Virginia state trooper was seriously injured when he was struck by a semi-truck and trailer. The accident occurred near Ladysmith on Interstate 95. The trooper, along with two others, was directing traffic around an area of high water.
A tractor-trailer heading southbound struck the troopers’ patrol vehicles. It is not known at this time if the injured trooper was in or out of his patrol vehicle when it was struck. The patrol vehicles did have their flashing blue lights on when the accident occurred, according to a spokesman for the Virginia State Police.
Southbound Interstate 95 had two lanes closed until about 6:00 a.m. The trooper was transported to VCU Medical Center. According to reports, he suffered serious injuries, but those injuries were not life-threatening. The 67-year-old truck driver has been charged with reckless driving.
One truck driver said that there was a very bad storm that night that had traffic moving about 25 miles per hour. He said that he pulled off at a rest stop near the accident scene because the cars on the interstate were cutting him off.
Tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, and if they are traveling 65 mph, it can take up to a football fields to stop. When the roads are wet, it can take even longer.
Because of the size and weight of a tractor-trailer, any accidents can be horrifying, especially when they involve a smaller vehicle. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one because of a negligent or reckless truck driver, you have a right to seek compensation for your losses and damages.