Driver injured after 18-wheeler runs off road, destroys guardrail on Gaston County highway

Driver injured after 18-wheeler runs off road, destroys guardrail on Gaston County highway
According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the incident happened on Dallas-Cherryville Highway.

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A driver was seriously injured after running his 18-wheeler off the road, down an embankment and destroying guardrail on a highway in Gaston County Monday.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the incident happened on Dallas-Cherryville Highway.

Officials say the driver was traveling eastbound on Dallas-Cherryville Highway, approaching the bridge over St. Mark’s Church Road.

The truck company has cameras in their truck that make timelapse videos of their drivers, so officials were able to see footage of how the accident happened.

After looking at the footage, officials say it appears that at the time of the crash, the driver was apparently distracted by something as he was looking down when he ran off the right shoulder of the highway and down an embankment.

Officials say the driver stated he started not feeling well, and that distracted him, which is why he looked down. He was charged with failure to maintain lane control.

The driver was taken to the hospital, and officials say he was unconscious when the accident happened. He has not been identified.

The 18-wheeler destroyed about 70 feet of guardrail before it traveled down the embankment.

No further information was released.

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