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Fatal Tractor Trailer Accident on I-64 in Louisa

There are 19 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Dec 6, 2010, titled Fatal Tractor Trailer Accident on I-64 in Louisa. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. on I-64 west at mile marker 159 in Louisa County.

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Just another daily driver

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Dec 7, 2010
Very sadden to see this fatal crash. Nothing against the truckers as they need to work just as the rest of us do but tractor trailers and cars don't mix and it's the car that gets the short end of the stick. I'm not judging drivers or who's at fault but the stress the need to get the big rigs off the road as much as possible and put their long haul loads on the rail system and have smaller delivery trucks used to delivery the loads locally. Last week the issue was save the roads, how about lets save a life, a loved one.
Just sayin

United States

#2 Dec 7, 2010
So sorry to the family and friends who have lost a loved one in this accident. Sending my prayers and thoughts out to those impacted by this. Be safe and God Bless...

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#5 Dec 7, 2010
Just another daily driver wrote:
Very sadden to see this fatal crash. Nothing against the truckers as they need to work just as the rest of us do but tractor trailers and cars don't mix and it's the car that gets the short end of the stick. I'm not judging drivers or who's at fault but the stress the need to get the big rigs off the road as much as possible and put their long haul loads on the rail system and have smaller delivery trucks used to delivery the loads locally. Last week the issue was save the roads, how about lets save a life, a loved one.
That would be a plan that would never work however.
*You would greatly increase delivery time of goods.
*The amount of work and money to put into the railway infrastructure would be through the roof as the current system isn't even close to being able to handle an increased load of that magnitude.
*You would then be clogging the roads with 3x the amount of box trucks as 2-3 of the smaller box trucks would be required to make up for what one tractor trailer does.
*cost across the board for goods would go thru the roof to pay for railway improvements, additional manpower and vehicles required, fuel surcharges and so on.

In this case it wouldn't matter anyway however as the accident was the result of a minivan that was pulled off the road as a result of an earlier incident.

Driver distraction is to blame on this one.
Greene Resident

United States

#6 Dec 7, 2010
I don't know who was at fault, but I'm on the road a lot. I can't count the times I've seen a small vehicle cross in front of an 18 wheeler and then slow down substantially. It causes a jack knife situation and it wasn't the trucker's fault.

Prayers to the family of the deceased.

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#7 Dec 7, 2010
Laughing at the fools wrote:
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That would be a plan that would never work however.
*You would greatly increase delivery time of goods.
*The amount of work and money to put into the railway infrastructure would be through the roof as the current system isn't even close to being able to handle an increased load of that magnitude.
*You would then be clogging the roads with 3x the amount of box trucks as 2-3 of the smaller box trucks would be required to make up for what one tractor trailer does.
*cost across the board for goods would go thru the roof to pay for railway improvements, additional manpower and vehicles required, fuel surcharges and so on.
In this case it wouldn't matter anyway however as the accident was the result of a minivan that was pulled off the road as a result of an earlier incident.
Driver distraction is to blame on this one.
I lost a line there somehow...
The accident was a result of a minivan crashing into the back of a tractor trailer that was pulled onto the shoulder.
gosh

Crozet, VA

#9 Dec 7, 2010
Laughing at the fools wrote:
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I lost a line there somehow...
The accident was a result of a minivan crashing into the back of a tractor trailer that was pulled onto the shoulder.
The same thing happened to me at I64 and route 15. except no one was hurt. the truck stopped suddenly and I hit him. Praying for the families!!
Wife of a Trucker

United States

#10 Dec 7, 2010
Just another daily driver wrote:
Very sadden to see this fatal crash. Nothing against the truckers as they need to work just as the rest of us do but tractor trailers and cars don't mix and it's the car that gets the short end of the stick. I'm not judging drivers or who's at fault but the stress the need to get the big rigs off the road as much as possible and put their long haul loads on the rail system and have smaller delivery trucks used to delivery the loads locally. Last week the issue was save the roads, how about lets save a life, a loved one.
If drivers payed more attention on the road, there would be less accidents. Trucker's have to make a living and they deserve to be on the road as much as cars do. Especially in this economy, to suggest that there jobs be taken from them does not seem fair. I feel for the people involved in this accident as well as the family of the deceased, it was a terrible accident.
anonymous

United States

#11 Dec 7, 2010
Was the tractor trailer stopped in the left lane or was it on the shoulder? The reports I've read make it sound as if the car and trailer were stopped in the left lane. I guess I just don't understand why, if the first accident was minor, they would stop in the middle of a lane on the interstate, rather than migrating to the right lane and eventually to the right shoulder?
fluco fan

Palmyra, VA

#12 Dec 7, 2010
i agree most people don't pay attention to the road. I have tried to break my bad habits on the phone, drinkin coffee and being distracted. God has saved me from many accidents. I now watch the road.

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#13 Dec 7, 2010
A 2005 Honda Civic, driven by 75-year-old Bennett T. McCallum, of Pittsburgh, was traveling westbound in the right lane and a 2009 Volvo tractor-trailer, operated by 59-year-old Dobrivoie Tartic, of Sioux Falls, was traveling in the left lane. The drivers, who were not injured and were wearing their seat belts, were involved in a crash and were stopped in the left lane. The second crash occurred when a 2000 Toyota Sienna struck the back of the tractor-trailer.

Apparently the 2 vehicles from the previous accident were still locked together.(the first accident had also just happened according to the reports)
BurnIt

Crozet, VA

#14 Dec 7, 2010
anonymous wrote:
Was the tractor trailer stopped in the left lane or was it on the shoulder? The reports I've read make it sound as if the car and trailer were stopped in the left lane. I guess I just don't understand why, if the first accident was minor, they would stop in the middle of a lane on the interstate, rather than migrating to the right lane and eventually to the right shoulder?
It doesn't matter if they were on the shoulder or the in the lane. The bottom line is the minivan driver for some reason was not able to control her vehicle. If you crash into a stationary object, it's your fault.
just wonderin

Gladys, VA

#15 Dec 7, 2010
BurnIt wrote:
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It doesn't matter if they were on the shoulder or the in the lane. The bottom line is the minivan driver for some reason was not able to control her vehicle. If you crash into a stationary object, it's your fault.
When you're doing 65 to 70 mph in the "passing lane" in the DARK, it's hard to tell that the vehicles ahead of you aren't moving in enough time to stop. If there were more LIGHTS on these dark roads, it would be much easier to see what dangers lie ahead. Did the truck have his fashers on? Was there traffic in the right lane that prevented the driver from going around the accident? My heart-felt prayers go out to the family of this lady - it doesn't really matter if it was her fault or not - loved-ones are still hurting!
ricardo

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Dec 7, 2010
you would be surprised how quickly things go downhill when traffic going 70 to 80 miles an hour runs up on stopped or slow moving traffic from an accident up the road. even more so when ems and police have not arrived yet. please be careful this holiday season on the roads. if not for yourself, for the others on the roads.
Give me a break

Troy, VA

#17 Dec 7, 2010
Just another daily driver wrote:
Very sadden to see this fatal crash. Nothing against the truckers as they need to work just as the rest of us do but tractor trailers and cars don't mix and it's the car that gets the short end of the stick. I'm not judging drivers or who's at fault but the stress the need to get the big rigs off the road as much as possible and put their long haul loads on the rail system and have smaller delivery trucks used to delivery the loads locally. Last week the issue was save the roads, how about lets save a life, a loved one.
If it were not for the truck drivers you would not have food, clothing, medicine and so on. This accident is very sad for everyone who is involved but it was definatley not the truck drivers fault for the death. Truck drivers do not cause all accidents it is people who are not paying attention that causes accidents that happens to be truck drivers sometimes and cars also.
lord

United States

#19 Dec 7, 2010
Laughing at the fools wrote:
<quoted text>
That would be a plan that would never work however.
*You would greatly increase delivery time of goods.
*The amount of work and money to put into the railway infrastructure would be through the roof as the current system isn't even close to being able to handle an increased load of that magnitude.
*You would then be clogging the roads with 3x the amount of box trucks as 2-3 of the smaller box trucks would be required to make up for what one tractor trailer does.
*cost across the board for goods would go thru the roof to pay for railway improvements, additional manpower and vehicles required, fuel surcharges and so on.
In this case it wouldn't matter anyway however as the accident was the result of a minivan that was pulled off the road as a result of an earlier incident.
Driver distraction is to blame on this one.
I can not agree with your assessment of railways not being a cost effective alternative to the chaotic system of truck transportation we currently rely upon. Europe does quite well relying on state funded railways, they don't have 18 wheel rigs there, or anywhere that is civilized for that matter. Smaller trucks hauling containers unloaded from seagoing container ships works well enough for international shipping. Railways are many times more efficient in their cost of fuel per ton/mile, and as fuel costs increase this factor will erode the advantage given to trucks whose right of way is provided by the Federal government, and subsidized further by the burden placed on states and municipalities to repair the damage caused by trucks. I think that enforcing the weight restrictions vigorously, as Albermarle is doing, is a good start toward forcing this needed change. Good to know that the inspector gave you a break, a local businessman who was not intentionally in violation. I am more concerned that they make a strong presence to discourage the trucks running through the area from intentionally violating the weight restrictions.

“Don't Drink The Obama Kool-Aid”

Since: Aug 09

You don't need to know, Va.

#20 Dec 7, 2010
Who is the idiot at NBC 29 who wrote the headline "Fatal Tractor Trailer Accident"? If a tree had fallen in the road and the victim had ran into the tree,would the headline have read," Fatal Tree Accident"? Let's put the blame where it is due-inattentive driving, the cause of the majority of "accidents."

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#21 Dec 8, 2010
lord wrote:
<quoted text>I can not agree with your assessment of railways not being a cost effective alternative to the chaotic system of truck transportation we currently rely upon. Europe does quite well relying on state funded railways, they don't have 18 wheel rigs there, or anywhere that is civilized for that matter. Smaller trucks hauling containers unloaded from seagoing container ships works well enough for international shipping. Railways are many times more efficient in their cost of fuel per ton/mile, and as fuel costs increase this factor will erode the advantage given to trucks whose right of way is provided by the Federal government, and subsidized further by the burden placed on states and municipalities to repair the damage caused by trucks. I think that enforcing the weight restrictions vigorously, as Albermarle is doing, is a good start toward forcing this needed change. Good to know that the inspector gave you a break, a local businessman who was not intentionally in violation. I am more concerned that they make a strong presence to discourage the trucks running through the area from intentionally violating the weight restrictions.
You're right...IF the US can actually kept the railways included in the plans for expansion. Instead for the most part they maintain what's in place and that's about it. When's the last time you heard of a new loop or route being added in the area?
I agree it's a good plan overall to utilize the railways...IF we weren't already 50yrs behind the curve. That's a lot of ground to make up.
Friend of the Loved One

Gladys, VA

#22 Dec 8, 2010
My dear friend sadly lost her life in this accident and I have been trying to piece together how it all started...It is my understanding that there was a minor accident between the tractor trailer and a car before my friend (the third car) made impact. What tears me up inside is that if it was MINOR than WHY were they STILL STOPPED in the left lane.
Ashley

United States

#23 Aug 9, 2016
Just sayin wrote:
So sorry to the family and friends who have lost a loved one in this accident. Sending my prayers and thoughts out to those impacted by this. Be safe and God Bless...
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I'm so sorry. To here about that

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