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Wrecks Cause Traffic Problems On I-95 In Halifax County

Posted April 8, 2005

— Wrecks at three locations near Enfield in Halifax County had traffic backed up for almost 10 miles Friday.

All three accidents happened in the southbound lanes on Interstate 95.

A sudden stop in traffic caused a chain reaction involving two tractor-trailer rigs and two utility vehicles.

"Everything was fine until I approached heavy dense fog and rain," said William Henson, who was driving one of the trucks. "We were running maybe 55 or 60 when I could see in the dense fog everybody was stopped in both lanes."

Henson said he tried to hit his brakes, but too much water was on the road, causing him to hydroplane off to the left.

The Highway Patrol investigation hasn't determined who was at fault, but troopers said most accidents on I-95 are caused when drivers take their attention off driving.

"People don't pay attention," said W. T. Smith, of the N.C. Highway Patrol. "Once it gets to raining -- instead of reducing speed and increasing their following distance -- people don't do that a lot of times and that is what causes most of our collisions on I-95."

At least six people were injured. They are being treated at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids.


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