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Woman Critical After Husband Dies In Wreck Thursday On I-40

Posted December 24, 2004

— One couple's travel plans turned into tragedy in Durham County on Thursday night.

An elderly woman is in the hospital following a traffic accident that took her husband's life.

Charles Vaughn was driving the truck that was involved in the collision with the couple's SUV at the Interstate 40/Interstate 540 split.

"Our heart just goes out to the family," Vaughn said.

Police say Lonnie and Marion Brooks were headed to RDU to catch a flight. Lonnie Brooks got off on the I-540 exit by mistake. When he tried to get back on I-40 east, he collided with Vaughn's truck.

Lonnie Brooks died. Marion Brooks is in critical condition.

Vaughn was not seriously hurt.

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