Fatal Head-On Collision on Rt 17 Isle of Wight
One person has died and another has suffered non-life threatening injuries in a head-on collision. The accident occurred on Route 17 in Isle of Wight County. Investigators tell reporters that the elderly driver of a Buick Verano veered into the southbound lanes and struck a Mack dump truck. The driver of the Buick died on scene, while the Mack truck driver was taken to the hospital with injuries. The accident is still under investigation, but officials say alcohol did not play a role in the crash. The victim was wearing his seat belt at the time of the wreck.
Many head-on collisions like this one occur in the late evening hours when visibility is limited and drivers are sleepy. For this incident to happen mid-day is shocking. There was no mention of weather conditions in the reports about the wreck, but its possible rain or fog created some kind of visibility issues. Bad weather doesn’t have to be present for such accidents to occur – even glare from the sun can be enough to interfere with a person’s eyesight.
Given the two vehicles involved in this crash, it’s amazing even one of the drivers was able to walk away with his life. Mack trucks are notoriously large, tough vehicles built to sustain the worst work and driving conditions. The Buick sedan stood no chance against it. Head-on collisions are the most dangerous type of accidents one can have – sadly, they almost always end in fatalities.
Though its not clear exactly why this crash occurred, it serves as a reminder to us all of how quickly a mid-morning drive can become dangerous. If bad weather ever presents you with visibility issues, pull over and wait out the worst of the storm. It could save your life.
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