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Burgaw woman dies, family injured in I-40 wreck

Posted September 3, 2011
Updated September 4, 2011

— A Burgaw woman traveling with her daughters and husband died Saturday afternoon in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 40 near the Johnston-Sampson county line, state troopers said.

The family's Ford SUV blew a tire on I-40 West, at mile marker 339, near Newton Grove around 3:30 p.m., troopers said. Tracey Colvin, 44, lost control, and the SUV flipped over several times, running off the highway.

Edna Dixon, 30, was ejected from the SUV. She died at the scene.

Joseph Hayes, 47, Shanyah Dixon, 1, and Sheleah Hayes, 5, were treated for minor and non-life-threatening injuries, then released from WakeMed in Raleigh. Colvin, who is Hayes' cousin, was also treated at WakeMed.

Troopers said the group was traveling to a family function.

All westbound lanes of I-40 were closed for more than two hours while authorities responded to the wreck.


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  • wdwfreaks Sep 6, 2011

    I know someone that was caught in that traffic jam and they told me the same thing about a gold SUV flying by them before they had to sit there for 2+ hours. So sad that those girls are now motherless thanks to irresponsibility on the driver's & deceased's parts. We can only hope that people who read this article, witnessed that wreck, and/or know those families can learn from their mistakes and prevent any future potential preventable deaths!

  • msteneshia Sep 6, 2011

    For the 2 people whom commented on this post, This really shows how ignorant people can be. Speed was not a factor in this accident and with or with out the seatbealt things can happen. You should think before u comment. The familes are going through enough right now. Have some sympathy!!!!

  • sudduth Sep 5, 2011

    We were traveling fairly closely behind this scene. A SUV that matches the description in the first report passed us at 100+ mph just before the crash happened. Wonder if that was a factor in this senseless death?!

  • NRalSteve Sep 5, 2011

    Tragic loss of life--but almost certainly preventable. The only person to die was "ejected from the SUV" almost certainly meaning she was not wearing a seat belt. Whatever excuse she had in her mind won't matter to the one-year old, probably her daughter. Sad.