4 people killed in tractor-trailer crash

The fatal accident happened late Monday afternoon in Union County.

UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- State troopers say four people are dead following a crash involving a tractor-trailer in Union County Monday afternoon.

"Your life can be taken in an instant so be very careful," said Marielena Hearn, a Union County resident.

Marielena Hearn is telling her daughters who drive this stretch of Lancaster Highway all the time to be careful.

According to the Union County Sheriff's Office, the accident took place on Lancaster Highway near Nesbit Road in Waxhaw.

"[N.C.] 200 is so dangerous," Hearn said.

The 2017 Honda Accord that was involved in the horrific crash was nearly unrecognizable.

"It just breaks my heart because here in Union County we've had a lot of casualties in the last week," said Hearn.

NBC Charlotte did a little digging and pulled accident reports involving tractor-trailers in North Carolina through the month of May and compared it to the 2016 stats. We found out the total number of crashes is up along with the number of injuries.

Initial reports from the quadruple-fatal crash on Lancaster Highway revealed the driver of the car was turning left and didn't see the tractor-trailer.

"18-wheeler tried to slam on brakes, but it was too late," said DJ Kitchens, a trooper with NCSHP.

Officials believe the four people that died were from out of town. Drivers who use the road regularly say it has a bad reputation.

"In the three years that I've been working here it has been a highway that has a lot of wrecks," said Kitchens.

According to NCSHP, the driver of the tractor-trailer is not facing any charges and speed was not a factor.

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