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Johnston County Accident Injures 4 Family Members

Posted April 13, 2004

— A three-vehicle accident Monday in the northbound lane of Interstate 95 sent four family members to two area hospitals.

The accident occurred just north of the town of Micro, at exit 105, around 3:40 p.m.

The driver at fault was reported to be Phillip McPhail, of Maryland, who was driving an Acura Integra. Investigators believe McPhail lost control of his vehicle when he hit the brakes after coming up on a white Chevrolet van in front of him.

McPhail's car reportedly crashed into the van and then hit another vehicle. All three vehicles hit the guardrail, and the van turned over on its roof.

A husband, wife and two children were in the van, reportedly headed home to New York from Florida. None of the four was wearing a seat belt, and they were thrown out of the vehicle.

None of the four was believed to have life-threatening injuries. The father was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, while the others were taken to Johnston Memorial.

McPhail reportedly was not hurt but was charged with reckless driving. Three people in the other vehicle were not hurt, either.

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