North Carolina

Construction Worker Dies in Semi-Truck Fire in Forsyth County, North Carolina

Date
July 9, 2015
Victim's Name(s)
Type of Accident
Work
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected
No

Where it Happened

Belews Creek Road, Stokesdale, Forsyth County, NC, United States

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
Forsyth County Sheriff's Department, Department of Labor
Vehicles Involved
Commercial Vehicle
Road/Highway
Belews Creek Road
Injuries Sustained

The local coroner's office did not name the exact cause of death, however due to the nature of the accident, burning related injuries and asphyxiation will more than likely be the listed cause.

Type of Law That Applies
Hazardous Materials Transportation Act
Potential Laws Violated

The United States Department of Transportation passed the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA) in 1975 that oversees the transport of hazardous or combustible material in intrastate, interstate, and foreign commerce. If the materials that burned in this accident were classified by the HMTA, whatever person or entity that sparked the fire may be liable or face penalty in some fashion.

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Victim was in the trailer portion of an 18-wheeler loaded with pine straw when a fire broke out, and the victim was unable to escape the trailer.


What Happened

According to several reports, an as-of-yet unidentified worker perished after he was trapped in a burning truck in Forsyth County, North Carolina on Thursday, July 9th, 2015. Sources indicated that the victim was pushing pine straw out of a truck from inside the trailer when an errant spark somehow ignited the straw, trapping the victim inside the truck.

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