North Carolina authorities investigate two suicide-by-truck incidents

By Land Line staff | 3/18/2016

Authorities in North Carolina are investigating two separate incidents in which male victims appear to have deliberately ended their lives by jumping in front of moving semi-trucks.

On Friday, North Carolina state troopers released the name of one of the victims killed.

The victim, 55-year-old David Long of Greensboro, N.C., was killed at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, according to Lt. Jeff Gordon of the state patrol.

Gordon said the victim was driving a Jeep Cherokee SUV eastbound on Interstate 40 near Exit 201 in Forsyth County. He pulled the vehicle over to the shoulder, exited the vehicle, stood in front of the hood, and waited for a tractor-trailer to pass by before jumping into the vehicle’s path.

Trooper Gordon identified the trucker as David Caldwell, also of Greensboro, who drives for JHOC Inc., of Forest Park, Ga.

Gordon said this is the second suicide on the interstate on St. Patrick’s Day under investigation. The other incident occurred at approximately 2:06 a.m. on southbound Interstate 85 near Concord Mills.

According to reports, the victim in that instance was walking along the interstate when he apparently moved into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer. Gordon said the incident report states that the trucker tried to swerve, but was unable to avoid the male victim.

The identities of the I-85 crash victim and the truck driver have not been released.

“Land Line Now” News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this report.
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