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I-95 reopened in Cumberland County

Posted October 20, 2009

— An overnight wreck involving two trucks caused some early morning lane closures Tuesday on Interstate 95 northeast of Fayetteville, according to the state Highway Patrol.

Both northbound lanes and one southbound lane were closed until nearly 8 a.m.

The wreck occurred around 11:30 p.m. Monday when tractor-trailer driver, Carlos Bolden, 46, of St. Louis, stopped for a pickup truck driver that had run out of gas in the middle of I-95.

The pickup driver, Charles Alphin, 35, of Dunn, was trying to push the truck off of the interstate.

A tanker-truck hauling pig blood swerved to miss the pickup and sideswiped the tractor-trailer. The tanker hit the guardrail and caught fire.

Debris hit several other vehicles, troopers said.

The tanker-truck driver, Frank Graves, 56, of Goldsboro, suffered burns on 40 percent of his lower body. He was being treated at the North Carolina Jaycees Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill on Tuesday.

Alphin is charged with impeding traffic, troopers said.

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  • mac240 Oct 20, 2009

    One thing I like about the German Autobahn system...if you run out of gas on the Autobahn you will cited. Who in their right mind would stop in the middle of the highway. When you run out of gas your car doesn't come to an abrupt halt, you have time to turn on your flashers and coast to the shoulder.

    Hope the trucker pulls through.

  • JrFan88 Oct 20, 2009

    "Terrible accident. I'm not sure what the driver of the pick-up was supposed to do, though, if his truck broke down in the middle of the road."

    Well he was on the Interstate where the speed limit is enough where as when he knew he was low on gas and the truck cut off that he should have been able to coast to the shoulder. Just takes common sense to get a n answer.

    He is 100% irresponsible and at fault. CASE IS CLOSED!!!!!!!!!

  • seankelly15 Oct 20, 2009

    Animal Lover - Pig blood is used in some medical device testing.

    gman007 - Whenever someone gives a perfect percentage (e.g., 60 percent, 80 percent, 85 percent, etc.) I immediately doubt the truth of the statement. Can you provide a source for the true percentage?

  • gman007 Oct 20, 2009

    "The elephant in the room"!! That's how a news anchor once described tractor-trailers to me. The headlines are always about them. Later in the story you find out someone else caused the accident. AAA and the NTSB did a study and found that around 85% of accidents involving big rigs were caused by the 'little' vehicle. These 'headlines' give those guys such a bad rep.

  • Space Mountain Oct 20, 2009

    Terrible accident. I'm not sure what the driver of the pick-up was supposed to do, though, if his truck broke down in the middle of the road.

  • whatusay Oct 20, 2009

    I can't believe that anyone who ran out of gas would stop in the middle of an interstate highway. Why didn't he coast to the shoulder, left or right?

  • CestLaVie Oct 20, 2009

    Pig blood?? OMG. What was that being hauled for?

    I pray that the driver who was burned will recover & be well again very soon.