A truck driver was killed Sunday morning when the 18-wheeler he was driving hydroplaned.

Orville King III, 56, of Jacksonville, Fla., was driving north on I-85 near Kings Mountain. A car was passing him on the left lane when both vehicles hydroplaned. King slid off the right side of the road and struck a tree.

The 18-wheeler was broken into several pieces, and King died on impact, according to 1st Sgt. J.E. Dowdle with the N.C. Highway Patrol.

King was driving for Aviles-Robbins Truck Leasing, but Dowdle did not know where he was headed at the time of the wreck.

The other driver was not injured or cited.

One lane of the interstate was closed for several hours while troopers investigated, and pieces of the truck were removed.

The extreme rainfall has made for dangerous driving conditions, Dowdle said.

“With this much rain on the road, some areas are as dangerous as if it was snowing,” he said. “We encourage people to stay home. It only takes a couple of inches of water to hydroplane.”

If you have to be behind the wheel, Dowdle recommends going below the speed limit and avoid driving through standing water.

 

Diane Turbyfill can be reached at 704-669-3334 and Twitter.com/ShelbyStarDiane.