CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A scary situation for several drivers on I-77 Tuesday morning.
A part fell from the motor of an 18-wheeler. Several cars hit it, causing drivers to be left with flat tires in the middle of the interstate. Beaux Schaffner says he was the first driver to hit the debris, and is happy no one was injured.
“An 18-wheeler dropped a drive shaft in the middle of the road. Rather than slam on my breaks and hit other cars, I had no choice and I just had to hit it."
From there, two more cars hit the drive shaft.
“The roadside assistance fella who stopped by to assist said there are trucks who drop their drive shafts three, four, times, a week," said Schaffner.
NBC Charlotte learned there are regulations in hopes of stopping these types of accidents.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires all tractor-trailer drivers or FMCSA agents to conduct a daily inspection on their trucks at the beginning and end of the work day.
That inspection includes a check of the engine, battery and brakes. Drivers have to document the inspection on this report. If not, they face a fine.
Still, some are concerned that’s not enough to keep the roadways safe.
“I’m not the only person this is happening to, I’m worried about other drivers. There should be something we can do about that," said Schaffner.
Schaffner says he is now out of $4,000 and does not know when his car will be fixed. He now plans to take legal action against the trucking company, who declined to make any comments.
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