The accident occurred on Monday, May 18, on U.S. Highway 185 in Oxford just after 10:30 a.m. WRAL reports that the driver of a tractor-trailer ran a red light at the intersection of N.C. Highway 96 and struck a passenger vehicle traveling in the southbound lanes.
The tractor-trailer then struck another passenger car in the northbound lanes and pushed it “several” yards down the road. When the truck came to a rest, it was on top of the car with two passengers trapped inside, according to WRAL.
Both the occupants of the car, a mother and daughter, were pronounced dead on the scene.
The driver of the first car suffered only minor injuries.
Police cited the truck driver for failure to stop at a red light and misdemeanor death by auto.
What motorist hasn’t run a red light? It’s something many drivers do and most can claim to have run a red light at least once during their driving career. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, in a 2011 survey of motorists, 7 percent admitted to running a red light at least once in the past month.
As with any type of accident, there are a number of risky behaviors that can lead to a deadly or damaging collision. We don’t know why the truck driver in the collision mentioned above ran the traffic signal, but intoxication, speed and inattention play large roles in red-light collisions.
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