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Eastern Shore Tractor-Trailer Wreck Kills Robert and Margaret Layne

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Eastern Shore Tractor-Trailer Wreck Kills Robert and Margaret Layne

I read about fatal crashes involving tractor-trailers on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with alarming regularity. Tragically, two people were killed this week in an Eastern Shore tractor-trailer wreck.

Virginia State Police said 2005 Chevrolet SUV and a tractor-trailer collided on the northbound side of U.S. Route 13 just before 10.30 p.m. on Tuesday night in Capeville.

Capeville is a small community in Northampton County. People who live on the Eastern Shore have little alternative other than to use Route 13. It’s a notoriously dangerous route used by big rigs to transport goods between the South and big cities like New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Often when local traffic emerges on Route 13, they come into conflict with fast-moving traffic on the highway. Every month or so we read about an Eastern Shore tractor-trailer crash. Many of these are serious or deadly.

An Eastern Shore of Virginia tractor-trailer wreck killed a couple

A tractor-trailer wreck killed a couple on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

Virginia State Police said a tractor-trailer was turning in a parking lot on Tuesday night. The SUV hit the side of the truck.

Two occupants of the SUV were killed - the driver, 80-year-old Robert L. Layne, and his wife, 59-year-old Margaret P. Layne.

The Layne’s adult daughter was in the back seat. She survived the impact but was taken to Norfolk’s Sentara hospital for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer was unhurt in the crash, according to police.

Virginia State Police said northbound lanes on Route 13 were closed for several hours overnight and were reopened at 5:10 a.m. Wednesday.

The crash remains under investigation, and it’s not clear why this tractor-trailer wreck occurred. My thoughts are with the family members of those who died.

Reasons For an Eastern Shore Tractor-Trailer Wreck

Many serious tractor-trailer crashes occur on the Eastern Shore. Often the trucker is to blame. Two years ago, a family of five from the Eastern Shore of Virginia was killed over the state line in Maryland in a tractor-trailer wreck.

A Philadelphia truck driver who crashed into their car was later charged with numerous offenses including the following. reported Delmarvanow.

  •  Failure to stop at a red light, leading to a fatal crash
  • Negligent driving
  • Failure to control speed to avoid collision, contributing to a fatal crash
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving a commercial vehicle in condition likely to cause a crash
  • Driving a commercial vehicle with inoperative brakes
  • Driving a commercial vehicle after being on duty for 70 hours in eight consecutive days, contributing to a fatal crash
  • Driver of a commercial vehicle, preparing a falsified record of duty status, which contributed to a fatal crash

Truckers and trucking companies routinely flout the federal laws that govern the industry. If you have lost a loved one or being injured in a Virginia tractor-trailer accident, you may have a case against the trucking company. Our Eastern Shore of Virginia truck accident lawyers has a client meeting location in Exmore on the Eastern Shore. We can visit you at your home or at the hospital, Call us at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley


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