A silver SUV traveling northbound on N.C.-86 collided head-on with a tractor trailer heading southbound on Monday, killing the driver of the SUV.
According to authorities, evidence on the scene and independent witnesses stated that the SUV crossed the centerline of the roadway and into the path of the tractor trailer.
North Carolina Highway Patrol Officer Ben Fleetwood said he did not think speed was a factor in the incident, though it was too early in the investigation to say what caused the SUV to cross the centerline.
The 158 exit headed south was blocked off and a half-mile section of road was closed as first responders worked to clear the accident.
Officer Fleetwood said it was the sixth fatal car wreck in Caswell County in the month of July. He estimated that in years past, an average of about 8 fatalities occur in the county per year, and said that this is a huge spike in dangerous car accidents.
“Most, but not all of these car wrecks have been caused by drivers traveling at high speeds, not wearing a seatbelt and/or distracted driving,” Officer Fleetwood said, emphasizing that the accident in question did not necessarily have any of all of those factors in common. “We want to encourage drivers when they get out on the roadway, to wear a seatbelt, adhere to speed limits, and drive defensively.”
Members of the Caswell County Sheriff’s Department, along with the North Carolina State Police and Yanceyville Fire Department and Caswell EMS were also on hand, assisting with the wreck.