Two tractor-trailers wreck on I-77 escape ramp

By Allen Worrell

June 9, 2014

The escape ramp for tractor-trailers on Interstate 77 near Lambsburg was the scene of a pair of 18-wheeler accidents Friday.

The first occurred at 2:55 p.m. at the escape ramp, located on I-77 South at the 2.5 mile marker. Canute Forbes, 35, of Pompano Beach, Fla., was operating a 2001 Peterbilt belonging to F&H Trucking of Florida.

“He was traveling too fast going down the interstate, lost control and ran up the escape ramp,” Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Musser said. “The truck started to roll backwards and it jackknifed and overturned on the escape ramp, causing it to burst open and spilling the contents on the truck.”

Musser said the truck was loaded with candy bars. Trooper Matt Cochran worked the accident and charged Forbes with reckless driving.

The second accident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. that same evening. Musser said Las Trucking and Construction, a contract crew for the Virginia Department of Transportation, had a truck set up on the emergency shoulder prior to the accident site. The truck was equipped with a flashing arrowboard with traffic cones out to close the shoulder of the road off.

The truck was not occupied when a 1995 GM tractor trailer driven by Marcus Brandon Bell, 23, of Charlotte, N.C., ran up on slow traffic, lost control, swerved to the right and struck the crash cushion that was mounted on the Las Trucking vehicle. Bell, driving from HRB Express of Concord, N.C., was charged with reckless driving.

No injuries were reported as a result of either accident.