Driver of Big Rig Dies in North Carolina Collision

The 22-year-old driver of a big rig was killed when he was pinned under his truck after it overturned on Highway 64 in North Carolina. The 22-year-old driver of a tractor trailer died as the result of injuries he sustained in an accident near Lexington, North Carolina, on June 23.

Fox affiliate WGHP TV reports that the crash occurred on Highway 64 when the driver of the big rig, Shane Thomas Allen of Utah, was thrown from his vehicle after a load of paper inside the truck shifted and caused the tractor trailer to overturn.

According to the news agency, Allen was pinned underneath the big rig as a result of the crash. He was reportedly taken to Lexington Memorial Hospital then transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he later died.

Police said and investigation into the exact cause of the crash is underway, but that it appeared as if speed was likely to blame. The truck reportedly belonged to Watkins Shepard of Conover and was traveling to Charlotte at the time of the crash.

The accident forced the closure of Business 85 South and Highway 64 while crews from the North Carolina Department of Transportation cleared the wreckage.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 1,314 people died as a result of motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina in 2009.