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Wreck Near Wake Tech Reopens Concerns Over Traffic Issues

Posted October 30, 2003

— One person was injured during a two-vehicle wreck near Wake Technical Community College Thursday morning.

The Highway Patrol said the wreck happened around 7:40 a.m. when a car driven by Maria Hernandez, 33, turned into the path of a pickup truck at the intersection of Highway 401 and Donnybrook Road.

Hernandez is being treated at WakeMed. There is no word on her condition. The driver of the pickup truck was treated and released.

The wreck took place about a quarter of a mile away from the site where four wrecks were reported within four days in August near the entrance to the college. A student involved in an Aug. 31 wreck died of her injuries.

Trooper C.V. Barrett, who investigated Thursday's wreck, said it's drivers, not state traffic engineers, who need to make changes.

"If people could just pay attention and observe the speed limit and observe the rules of the road, a lot of this wouldn't be happening," he said.

The college asked the Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit on that stretch of roadway. The DOT installed new speed limit signs urging drivers to slow down to 45 mph, but the legal speed limit remains at 55 mph.

Troopers say they are still investigating Thursday's wreck. Charges are pending.

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