Troopers: Child killed in tractor-trailer wreck in Gaston Co. identified

A 12-year-old boy was killed when a box truck crashed into a tractor trailer on Interstate 85 in Gaston County Friday afternoon, according to Gaston County Highway Patrol.

That boy has been identified as Zachary Saunders of Shelby. 

Troopers said the tractor trailer had pulled off in the emergency lane and then started to get back onto the highway when the box truck hit the back of the trailer.

Saunders riding in the passenger side of the box truck died, troopers said. The driver was seriously injured.

The tractor trailer driver, Gary Alphonso Thomas of Fort Lauderdale, FL, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and involuntary manslaughter, according to authorities.

Traffic was backed up for several hours while crews cleared the wreck.

 

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