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Log Truck Driver Puts Others First

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating why the brakes failed in a fatal logging truck accident in Swain County.

Troopers say 38-year-old Swain County native, Danny Taylor, was driving a fully loaded truck down a steep grade on Williamson Road.

Crews were busy doing bridge work at the intersection with Conleys Creek Road. When Taylor's brakes failed, troopers say, he maneuvered the truck to avoid hitting them.

The worksite supervisor says he put the welfare of others first.

"I think he rode the truck out just because he knew that people were working here and he wanted to make sure that that truck didn't hit nobody," said Howell Jacobs with NHM Constructors.

The truck crossed the bridge and slammed into a bank. Troopers say Taylor died at the scene.

Jacobs says he's known Danny Taylor's family for years.

"He was a super guy, super Dad. I knew his Dad. I knew his Mom. Great people all of them.

Jacobs says he's not surprised when Taylor put other people first when he couldn't stop his logging truck Friday.

"He tried to keep from hurting somebody," said Jacobs.

Taylor leaves behind his mother, a wife of 16 years, three sons, a sister and brother- in-law.

He was a Deacon at Serenity Baptist Church, where family says people are welcome to make donations especially for Taylor's sons, and especially as Thanksgiving approaches.

Taylor would have turned 39-years-old the day before Christmas. As the investigation continues into what happened to the truck's brakes, people who knew him, say he was one of the good ones.

"I think the good Lord said, well Danny, it's time to come home," said Jacobs.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Crisp Funeral Home in Bryson City, with burial at the Silvermine Baptist Church cemetery.

By Rex Hodge

Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOS



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