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Man killed, five injured in U.S. 64 crash

Posted August 12, 2012
Updated August 13, 2012

A man was killed and five people were injured early Sunday in a three-car crash on U.S. 64 in Franklin County, according to the state Highway Patrol.

— A man was killed and five people were injured early Sunday in a three-car crash on U.S. Highway 64 near the Wake-Franklin county line, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Three men were taken to a local hospital and two women were treated for their injuries at the scene. 

Troopers said one man's injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m., troopers said two women in a Honda Accord ran out of gas and pulled over onto the right side of the highway's westbound lanes near the N.C. Highway 39 intersection outside of Zebulon. Part of the Accord was jutting into traffic, however, and a man driving a Nissan Altima struck the Accord from behind.

The impact pushed the Accord further off the right side of the road, and the Altima spun sideways until it crossed both westbound lanes of the highway.

Another Nissan Altima, not seeing the crash, struck the first Altima and ran into the median on the left, hitting a cable barrier before coming to rest.

The first Altima split in half and burst into flames, troopers said. Its driver, whose name was not released, was killed.

Three men inside the second Altima were seriously injured.

Troopers said the Accord did have its hazard lights on when authorities arrived on the scene, but not its headlights. They said they don't believe either car had its headlights on when the third vehicle came upon the crash. 

The names and conditions of those involved were not released.

Troopers said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash and that charges are pending.


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  • silverflash Aug 21, 2012

    i sincerely think drivers licenses need to be harder to get. Things like this just are more proof that is needed.

    The accord should have had it's flashers going if it did not. that's not clear if they were going BEFORE the troopers arrived. The first altima should have seen the flashers on the accord, if he did not, why not. Should be obvious at night from far away. If flashers were going perhaps the altima failed to move over, like some drivers do and thought they can whiz on by at 75 mph and didn't see that the car was in the lane a little. And why did the last altima not see the 1st altima blocking both lanes of his side? Seriously? Even if all the lights were off, you have headlights. You should get a reflection back in time to avoid hitting it. Not to be critical but this accident should not have happened. Sounds to me the 1st altima is at fault def and maybe the second altima. Praying for the victims and the families of the victims. Senseless.

  • wwrwheel Aug 15, 2012

    Tragic and didn't have to happen. A thought: at 3am, get some sleep.

  • toocutefb Aug 14, 2012

    Too Coopers1520: what are you talking about? details please...

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 13, 2012

    DonsWife ...from the rest of Sun. morning through the afternoon and evening I'm sure the authorities would gather more info. And I see on an update that they have. Prayers with the families.

  • coopers1520 Aug 13, 2012

    I dont know who took the pictures of this scene but Wral really needs to proof them before not only showing them on the internet but also all over the 10pm news last night. Anyone who has ever worked in the Fire/Rescue field clearly knows what I am referring to.

  • wcnc Aug 13, 2012

    I'm still very surprised that WRAL hasn't changed this story to reflect that is actually happened inside the Wake County line! I know to some that seems like a minor issue, but it goes to credibility....

    Prayers to the families involved. I heard it was a horrendous scene.....

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Aug 13, 2012

    SKYWATCH....IT was 3am. they may not of gotten a hold of anyone yet.
    But either way, prayers to all families involved.

  • chattycat Aug 13, 2012

    Hard to believe that anyone survived this horrific wreck. Prayers for those involved and their families.

  • Bartmeister Aug 13, 2012

    Anytime a car gets cut in half, you know high speeds was involved. That does look bad.

  • jockeyshiftspringer Aug 13, 2012

    Wow, that looks bad.