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Driver charged in wreck that tied up I-40

Posted June 12, 2008

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— State troopers charged a motorist with reckless driving in a three-vehicle wreck that tied up traffic on Interstate 40 for about two hours on Thursday morning.

William H. Touchberry, 71, was driving westbound near mile marker 285, between Airport Boulevard and Aviation Parkway shortly before 10:30 a.m., Trooper Derek Delcastilho said. Touchberry's vehicle ran off the road to the right and struck a guardrail.

Touchberry pulled back onto the highway, but his vehicle hit a second vehicle. His vehicle then ran off the road to the left and struck the guardrail in the median.

The second vehicle struck also hit a third vehicle, Delcastilho said.

Touchberry was taken to WakeMed, and his passenger, Elwood Black, treated and released from Western Wake. Both had non-life-threatening injuries.

A third person also sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Touchberry told troopers that he felt very faint and was trying to pull off the road to right when the wreck occurred. He faces a single charge of reckless driving.

The wreck caused miles-long backups on both sides of I-40 for about two hours. Westbound traffic jams extended all the way to Wade Avenue.

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  • supes Jun 12, 2008

    "..... I am going the speedlimit of 55 and you want to go 75."

    Speed limit is 65 not 55. As long as you're doing what the little white sign says and staying out of people's way, do whatever.

    And feeling faint is one thing. Careening off the side of the road, into a guard rail and then back across traffic is another. Driving is difficult. Make sure you're up to it.

  • Fx432 Jun 12, 2008

    71 years old, feels faint and tries to pull of the road. Then, he's charged with reckless driving. No wonder many people have no respect for our NC Highway Patrol stormtroopers. Did you want him to just fight through the faintness?

  • wolfpacker93 Jun 12, 2008

    Stay out of the left lane and you can go as slow as you want for all I care. 6 mph over the posted speed is not "realy fast".

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Jun 12, 2008

    Guess it just does not matter....We need Toll Plazas to slow down this crazy driving. You know its funny how everyone is complaining about the GAS prices but, they are still driving really fast. If you slow down some maybe you might save a little in that tank. I do and I dont care if it makes you mad that I am going the speedlimit of 55 and you want to go 75.

  • anonemoose Jun 12, 2008

    Interstate pinball