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Man dies when truck slams into car stopped on I-40 near Benson

Posted December 6, 2016

The driver of a Cadillac died and a woman was injured early Tuesday morning when a large truck crashed into the sedan that was stopped on Interstate 40 eastbound in Johnston County.

— The driver of a Cadillac died and a woman was injured early Tuesday morning when a large truck crashed into the sedan that was stopped on Interstate 40 eastbound in Johnston County.

Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the Cadillac was in the roadway with no lights on when the tractor-trailer cab slammed into it, knocking the car into the wood line. The male driver of the car was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. The female passenger was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The truck driver, who was on his way to pick up a loaded trailer, was not injured.

None of the people involved were identified.

As much as 40 quarts of oil spilled from the truck onto the highway in the crash. The North Carolina Department of Transportation was on scene to clean up the oil, and troopers said the right lane could be closed until 7 a.m.

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  • Holly Michael Dec 6, 2016
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    The cadillac lost power and couldn't move out of the way or put its flashers on. Just an unfortunate accident. Praying for the family.

  • Josha Barton Dec 6, 2016
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    Sorry folks, I am going to post the pic to show people what happens when you don't pull all the way off the highway if you need to pull over.

  • Josha Barton Dec 6, 2016
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    I believe the highway should have bay areas so people can pull all the way over and remain safe while on the side of the highway. Please make sure that you pull all the way off the road as far as possible when you have to pull over on the highway.

  • Kris Dawn Dec 6, 2016
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    I absolutely agree - zero respect for the families. When my grandfather died on HWY 50 in a wreck - Garner news put his face on the COVER - with him getting oxygen and him pressed against the steering wheel. This is an image - I will never - forget. He died on the ride to the hospital.

  • Gail Dragon Dec 6, 2016
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    I just don't get why you find it necessary to show photos of the mangled vehicles. Have some respect for the families.

  • Jim Dunn Dec 6, 2016
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    Even if it's a breakdown, common sense tells you to coast off to the side of the road. Regular headlights don't give you enough of a warning of a vehicle stopped dead in the road.