Trucking Company To Pay $11 Million In Wrongful Death Suit

(Last Updated On: January 6, 2018)


A tanker trucking company has agreed to pay $11 million to the widow of a truck driver who died in a fiery crash as a result of one of the company’s drivers blocking a rural highway.

Eagle Transport Corp., of Rocky Mount, N.C., did not admit fault in the crash that killed trucker Kenneth Avis in the early morning hours of Aug. 19, 2016, in Orangeburg County, S.C. Avis burned to death after striking a tanker loaded with 8,800 gallons of gasoline. The impact of the crash caused an explosion and fireball that burned so hot it melted both the tanker and the road paving, according to attorneys for Avis’ widow Teresa.

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