By John Cooper, Virginia Trucking Accident Attorney
A disabled car can be a serious hazard to other vehicles. If the obstacle blocking the road is a massive dump truck, the consequences can be truly horrifying.
I’m saddened to report on how this was the scenario on I-95 in Prince William County, Virginia on Friday night.
ABC8 News reported on how Virginia State Police received a call from a driver about a disabled dump truck blocking the middle northbound lane of I-95 at the 149 mile marker just before 11:00 p.m. Friday. A trooper was sent to assist the truck. Sadly, it was too late. Within two minutes of receiving the first call, a tractor-trailer hit the dump truck. The impact of the crash caused both vehicles to overturn.
Tragically, the driver of the tractor-trailer died at the scene of the accident. He has been identified as Anthony T. Coppedge, 59, of Oster Drive in Richmond. The 29-year-old driver of the dump truck from Colonial Beach, Virginia, was transported to Sentara Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. My thoughts are with the family of Mr. Coppedge.
Both men were wearing seat belts. The driver of the dump truck was later charged with operating a truck with defective equipment. The ABC report stated the dump truck’s power train and lights were both defective.
The Virginia State Police Fairfax Division Crash Reconstruction Team as well as the State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team responded to the accident scene to assist with the investigation.
A defective dump truck without lights is clearly a major hazard on the Interstate. It’s difficult for other drivers to avoid such an obstacle. If you lose a loved one in circumstances such as this, you may have grounds to make a wrongful death claim against a truck driver or a trucking company. See our questions about trucking accidents or call Cooper Hurley for a free consultation at 757.455.0077.