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Driver injures 3 after plowing through Clayton festival barricade

Posted September 17, 2016

A driver injured three people early Saturday morning when he plowed through a barricade at the Clayton Harvest and Music Festival.
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— An 18-year-old driver injured three people early Saturday morning when he plowed through a barricade at the Clayton Harvest and Music Festival.

The driver, identified as Matthew Cecil Gilbert, of Raleigh, drove through the barricade on Fayetteville Street near the town square around 2 a.m., striking vendor tents, cooking equipment and people, police said. The people were participating in an overnight barbecue cooking contest.

Authorities said two people suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, which included broken bones, and a third person was injured less seriously.

Gilbert was charged with simple possession of marijuana and paraphernalia and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, according to Clayton officials. Police said Gilbert was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

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  • Pam Snyder Sep 19, 2016
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    18 and out at 2am? Hmmm, not in my house. Curfew! Even at 18some "grownups" need boundaries...

  • Cameron Horn Sep 17, 2016
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    last sentence of the article "Police said Gilbert was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

  • Kristen Ford-Newell Sep 17, 2016
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    Was he smoking the marijuana mentioned in this article and had a buzzz

  • Michael Taylor Sep 17, 2016
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    Awesome way to start the festival! Nice going kid.