Victim identified in fatal US 52 tractor-trailer crash

Posted on: 4:26 pm, May 7, 2013, by , updated on: 04:59pm, May 7, 2013

A Kernersville man is dead after police said a tractor-trailer crashed through a concrete median on U.S. 52 Monday, hitting a car head-on. (Photo credit: Kristen Tilrico)

A Kernersville man is dead after police said a tractor-trailer crashed through a concrete median on U.S. 52 Monday, hitting a car head-on. (Photo credit: Kristen Tilrico)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Kernersville man is dead after police said a tractor-trailer crashed through a concrete median on U.S. 52 Monday, hitting a car head-on.

Police said the truck crashed through the median just before Clemmonsville Road around 4 p.m. and collided with a 2008 Chevrolet Impala.

Authorities said the wreck caused the Impala’s driver to eject from the vehicle and die. Police have identified the victim as 41-year-old Kenneth Leroy Baum, III.

Police said the tractor-trailer rolled over onto its right side and continued to travel south in the northbound lanes.

Police said the truck also collided with a 2006 Ford and caused large pieces of concrete to hit a 2009 Mazda. Neither driver was injured in those incidences.

Authorities said the truck went through the median after the driver “lost control of his vehicle.” Police said rain may have contributed to the crash.

Police described the tractor-trailer as a six-axle Hino transport vehicle owned by NC Food Distributor Inc. They said it was driven by a Charlotte man with another man in the passenger seat.

Officials said the Traffic Enforcement Unit has assumed the investigation, which is ongoing. Winston-Salem police said this is the seventh motor vehicle fatality of 2013.

The wreck resulted in delays for several hours, but all lanes of U.S. 52 have since reopened.