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Man dies of injuries suffered in I-40 wreck

Posted March 4, 2010

— A man injured Monday in a wreck on Interstate 40 has died, family members said.

Gerald Reid, 43, of Raleigh, was one of five people injured in a series of wrecks that backed up traffic on the highway Monday morning. Family members said he died Thursday at Duke University Hospital.

State troopers responded to at least four wrecks within three miles of each other on I-40 between exit 284 and exit 287.

Thomas Harris, 43, of Roseboro, Karen Jensen, 39, Phyllis Burt, 60, David Coker and Ronbatius Dean, 32, all of Raleigh, all suffered minor injuries.

The highway was shut down for about two hours, and at one point, westbound traffic was backed up for about eight miles, past the U.S. 1/64 interchange to Gorman Street in Raleigh.


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  • Kris0805 Mar 5, 2010

    God Bless his family!

  • ckblackm Mar 5, 2010

    I wonder if there's going to be any charges against the truck driver.

  • Nikka Mar 5, 2010

    That is horrible.

    I have noticed that tractor trailer drivers have been driving rather aggressively as of late, which is very dangerous!

  • tracy7 Mar 5, 2010

    So sorry.

  • pebbles262004 Mar 5, 2010

    So sorry for the family, My Daddy died the same way..I know what you are going through.Your family will be in my prayers.

  • IzzMad2016 Mar 5, 2010

    Very, very sad. Sympathies to his family and friends.

  • SweetB Mar 5, 2010

    So sad. I have to drive this spot everyday. God bless this family!

  • howdiditgettothis Mar 5, 2010

    Gerry forever touched the lives of those around him.......even in his death.

    May those who knew him always remember his kind spirit, helpful nature, and the smile that was almost always on his face.

    Pray for his wife and their two young children, as well as their extended family.

    Think about those around you while you are driving today and every day!

  • ckblackm Mar 5, 2010

    Gerry was such a nice person and leaves behind a wonderful family. It's a shame his wife and children are having to go through such a senseless tragedy.

  • ASU Mar 5, 2010

    Now you see why the roadway was shut down for several hours. State Troopers were doing what they are trained to do. They did a complete death investigation. They knew there was a chance this guy wouldn't make it. I know if I was involved in a serious accident I would want State Troopers to do the investigation