Car crashes under tractor-trailer; driver survives, speaks out

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A Greensboro man is lucky to be alive after his car slid on ice and underneath a tractor trailer. The crash happened Tuesday morning on I-85 near Mount Hope Church Road.

Quenstin King was driving to work, from Greensboro to Whitsett. He was about three miles away when he hit ice.

King was in the left lane and tried to merge and that’s when he saw a tractor trailer in the lane. He lost control on the icy road when he tried to get over.

“I don’t remember the impact. I just remember I was heading towards it,” King said.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers say King’s car actually went under the tractor trailer. When officials first arrived on scene they didn’t think he made it.

“Just looking at the car this could have easily been a fatal collision,” said Trooper Chris Knox.

King only spent a few hours in the hospital and had to get six staples.

“It’s really just a miracle that I am here today talking to you right now, just glad to be here in relatively one piece,” King said.

The 28-year-old learned it doesn’t matter how good of a driver you think you are — driving on icy roads isn’t worth the risk.

“As far as winter weather, I’m used to driving in winter weather normally,” he said. “Never had a problem before, but you never know.”

King is planning to take the next couple days off to take it easy.

14 comments

  • Idon'tgetthis

    So the lesson of this article is, don’t go to work if there is ice on the road? By all means, inform all area businesses of this good advice, so they won’t demand that employees show up on time. Perhaps the lesson should have been, look before beginning to merge into another lane? Slow down? Glad this young man’s life was spared. It certainly could have been much worse.

    • tina

      HVE ANGELS WAS WATCHING OVER HIM, AND GOD SAID, HES NOT READY TO GO HME YET, I GLAD HES A ALIVE , HES MY BOY COUSIN AGE, ONE DAY I HOPE THIS MAN VISIT HAWAII , I AM HAWAII ALL DA WAY 38 YRS:)

  • news2me

    “The 28-year-old learned it doesn’t matter how good of a driver you think you are — driving on icy roads isn’t worth the risk.”

    So happy that this young man survived.

    This should be a lesson to the people all who always think they can defy the elements and live to tell about it.

    For the parents that complain that school is closed…Please read this article.!

    • dowhat?

      This man wasn’t on his way to school. He was on his way to work. And employers expect their employees to be at work, even if the road is slick.

      • mojorisin73

        Yea, unfortunately his employer must careless about the lives of their employees risking their life driving to work in bad conditions like this, his employer should be ashamed.

      • dowhat?

        I think you’ll find that the majority of people were expected to be at work on time on the day in question. I know my husband had to drive the normal 35 miles to work. Just leave a little earlier than usual, and drive carefully.

  • sara green

    Enjoyed reading this article and was amazed he was still
    alive. Over the years I have found myself leaving work
    with quite a bit of snow on the roads. We do it because
    employers demand it. Glad I am now retired.

  • KC

    This man is truly blessed he is alive today. However, should all employers be ashamed for asking their employees to come to work during bad conditions? There are many employers who depend on their employees in every industry. How about healthcare… the sick and aging don’t stop being dependent just because the weather is bad. Who will help them when driving just “isn’t worth the risk”? You may want to re-evaluate your point of view.

    • whatdidIread

      Exactly what I was trying to say. The vast majority of people made it to work all right. I am thinking this man was driving too fast for conditions, and just wasn’t paying attention to the traffic around him. We can’t just tell everybody, “it’s not worth the risk, just don’t go to work.” The whole premise of the article is flawed.

  • Zombiekiller

    Conditions were not that bad. He states he was driving as if it was nice weather (i.e. no ice). He was negligent with his driving, not his employer’s fault whatsoever.

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