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One injured after tractor trailer sideswiped by truck crashes in Trinity

TRINITY, N.C. — One person was taken to the hospital after the driver of a pick-up truck fell asleep on I-85 in Trinity, sideswiping a double tractor trailer causing it to overturn.

The wreck happened around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday morning on I-85 South at Finch Farm Road.

Troopers say both were traveling south on I-85 when the pick-up truck sideswiped the double tractor trailer. The tractor trailer swerved off into the grassy area and overturned.

The driver of the tractor trailer has been identified as Billy Sherrer, 52, of Gibson, Ga. He was pinned for a short time, but was pulled out by rescue crews around 4:30 a.m.

Sherrer was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and is listed in good condition.

The driver of the 2005 Dodge pick-up truck was identified as James Dildy, 47, of Hubert. He was not injured.

Dildy has been charged with careless and reckless driving. He told troopers he had been fighting sleep on his drive from Jacksonville to Charlotte.

4 comments

  • richard

    Glad the driver of the pickup confessed to fault.Otherwise,not only would the truck driver had his physical well being in jeopardy,his job would be also.The truckdriver would be under scrutiny of fatigued driving.

  • WiggleWagon

    The sad thing is that with how the flawed CSA scoring system currently works, the driver of the tractor will still have a negative mark on his record for the next 24 months that will increase his score (bad thing) even though he wasn’t at fault.

    In the eyes of the FMCSA a reportable accident (any that require the towing away of a vehicle involved) is still assesed against the commercial vehicle driver whether at fault or not and will impact his rating. If the guy who ran in to him had died, he would have the same record as a CMV operator who acted careless and killed another due to his actions.

    Imagine if that was the universal rule on how non-CMV drivers were treated? Should a drunk driver plow in to your car, even though you were absolutely at no fault of your own, your driving record was assessed the same penalties that the offender was given and treated the same as a liability against your insurance company?

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