Trucker Praised for Scaling Hill to Avoid Potentially Deadly Crash
Catawaba County, NC – A trucker “escaped serious injury” and averted a potentially deadly crash on Monday by seemingly creating his own runaway ramp on Interstate 40 in North Carolina.
According to a social media post by Catawba County News And Weather (CCN&W), the incident occurred around 2:45 p.m. on I-40 westbound at exit 133 (Rock Barn Road).
CCN&W reported eye witness accounts, saying another accident had taken place directly ahead at exit 132.
Motorists traveling westbound were stopping abruptly as a result of the crash.
It was then a tractor-trailer belonging to Dallas, TX-based Stevens Transport and operated by Pedro Jose Reyes II came upon the backed up traffic.
Witnesses claim in attempts to not slam into the abruptly stopped vehicles on the interstate, Reyes navigated his big rig off the right-side of the roadway, into the grass, and traveled up the hill.
The truck remained upright as it hit a sign and finally the bridge overpass before it came to rest.
EMS was called to the scene, but according to CCN&W, Reyes, along with his dog traveling with him, did not suffer injury.
Further, as a result of Reyes’ actions, no one else was injured either.
A woman by the name of Cheyenne Overcash commented on the post, claiming she was “directly in front” of Reyes’ truck as traffic “totally stopped” on I-40.
“[I] can say without a shadow of a doubt that he saved my life by doing this,” Overcash wrote. “I hope he is ok, and knows how thankful I am that he did this!”
Multiple witnesses commented on CCN&W’s post that it was raining at the time of the incident.