According to WSLS 10, (an article first posted on August 6, 2013), an accident involving a logging truck and another vehicle happened near the junction of Interstate 64 and Route 220. Virginia State Police investigated the accident. According to others, the accident happened when a car hit rear of the logging truck resulting in a fire. A local fire company was called to the scene in the early afternoon. The fire was extinguished but two people were trapped in the vehicle. The two people were eventually taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries
The truck accident happened in Covington, Virginia. Covington is surrounded by Alleghany County and is not far from Roanoke. In addition to I-64 and US route 220, US route 60 is an Alleghany County road. Other Alleghany roads include Virginia State routes 18, 42, 159 and 311. Some of the main towns in Alleghany are Clifton Forge and Iron Gate. Moss Run and Falling Spring are two of Alleghany’s many communities.
Logging used to be done near waterways. Beginning in the early 1900s, trucks were used to transport trees and a few decades later, trucks were competing with the railroads for logging traffic. Today, transportation of logs is done near the forest and on the main roads and highways. The logging trucks used are different for each mode of travel.
Logging trucks need to be able to climb steep hills and track through rough terrain like snow and mud. In southern states, like Virginia, the weight of logging trucks ranges between 80,000 pounds and 88,000 pounds. Cranes and other equipment are used to load the logs. Some of the main manufacturers of logging trucks are Volvo, Scania AB and Hayes Truck.
Logging truck accidents and accidents involving many other types of trucks happen all too frequently on Virginia roads. Anyone involved in one of these accidents or who knows someone who was hurt or killed in a trucking or car accident should seek legal help to explore the legal options available to them. Contact the Norfolk-based legal team at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., today by calling (888) 694-1671 to learn more about your rights in this situation and what we can do to help you pursue compensation from the party responsible for your pain and suffering.