Good Samaritan trucker killed while trying to offer help on Interstate 85

A trucker attempting to help the motorist who rear-ended his truck ended up being killed on Interstate 85 early Friday, when another passing truck struck him, reports the Observer’s news partner WBTV

The northbound lanes reopened just after 5 a.m. Friday near Little Rock Road, after being shut down for nearly three hours during the investigation. The deadly accident happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday near Exit 32, north of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Investigators told WBTV a car hit a tractor-trailer and both vehicles pulled over to the side of the interstate. The tractor-trailer driver got out of the truck to check on the car’s driver and was fatally struck by another tractor-trailer. The trucker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers said the second tractor-trailer driver and car driver were taken to Carolinas Medical Center. Officials have not released the extent of their injuries.