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Accidents, Construction Cause Heavy Congestion On Local Highways

Posted July 7, 2005

— A two-vehicle collision and roadway construction caused heavy congestion on Interstate 95 northbound near Interstate 40 in Johnston County, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said Wednesday afternoon.

At about 3 p.m., a woman failed to slow her vehicle and struck a tractor-trailer in the rear at mile marker 81, the Highway Patrol said. The woman, whose name has not been released, later died. Troopers said the tractor-trailer was stuck in congestion when the woman, who was going between 55 and 60 mph, struck the vehicle.

Although both vehicles have been removed from the interstate, roadway construction continued to cause delays, beginning at mile marker 82.

No charges are expected at this time.

Traffic was backed up for about three miles on I-95 northbound.

A second accident happened a few miles away when a sport utility vehicle heading northbound on I-95 crossed the median and flipped in the southbound lanes. Authorities have not said whether there were any injuries.

Shortly before 2 p.m. in southern Cumberland County, troopers said a tractor-trailer ran a red light at the intersection of Highway 87 and Tom Stallings Road and slammed into a Toyota Corolla, injuring two teenagers. Both teens suffered injuries and were transported to a local hospital. Ryan Alexander, 17, is listed in stable condition; Matthew Taylor, whose age was not made available, is listed in critical condition.

The truck's driver, Aaron Manuel, 45, of Hope Mills, has been charged with running a red light. Other charges are pending investigation.


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