North Carolina Trucker Suffered Fatal Heart Attack Before Crash
Posted on Jan 31, 2012
An autopsy has revealed that a North Carolina trucker involved in a one-vehicle accident last week suffered a fatal heart attack in the moments before running off of the road off of a small crag or overhang.
According to local news sources, 62-year-old Bobby Jay Whitner of Lincolnton, North Carolina, was driving a tractor-trailer southbound on Interstate 85 outside of Blacksburg when he suddenly swerved off of the road and into an embankment. Witnesses say that the trucker drove over the median, over the northbound lanes of I-85, and through a guardrail before coming to a rest at the bottom of a forty-foot embankment.
State Police reported that Whitner was wearing his seat belt at the time of the truck accident and that he was found strapped into the cab and dead at the scene of the crash by emergency responders.
During the crash, the truck cab became unattached to the trailer, which was filled with recycled plastics. Cleanup crews removed the white powdered plastic substance from the road. The big rig was headed to Newton, North Carolina.
The Raleigh truck accident attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates send their thoughts to the family and loved ones of Bobby Jay Whitner.