Driver Dies When Wheels Fly Off Passing Tractor-Trailer
August 17th, 2011|
August 17, 2011
A New Jersey woman died on Tuesday, August 16, when two rear wheels flew off a tractor-trailer and crashed into her Chevrolet Cavalier, which was traveling on Interstate 95 in New York’s Westchester County. The accident occurred around 2:45 p.m. at Exit 21 at an intersection of I-95 and I-287.
Also in the car with the victim — a 62-year-old Toms River, New Jersey, resident — was her 84-year-old mother, who lives in Larchmont, New York. The mother survived with only minor injuries and was taken to Stamford Hospital to be treated for cuts on her arms.
“The tractor-trailer lost the whole rear axle with two wheels attached,” state police Investigator Joseph Beccera told LOHUD.com. “The entire axle compartment went airborne about 100 yards and crashed into the windshield and roof of the northbound vehicle.”
WCAX reports that the victim had been traveling to her sister’s home in Connecticut to dog sit. She was killed instantly when the 200+ lb. axle and wheels struck her, collapsing the car’s roof and crushing the windshield.
The tractor-trailer was impounded following the accident. Police haven’t yet said whether they’ll file charges against the 31-year-old New Jersey driver.
“It’s going to be a lengthy investigation,” Becerra said. “We don’t want to make a rush to judgment.”