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18-Wheelers Smash, Close Wake County Road for Hours

Posted June 13, 2007
Updated June 14, 2007

— Two tractor-trailers collided on New Hill Holleman Road in southern Wake County on Wednesday afternoon, injuring two drivers and forcing state troopers to close the two-lane road.

The accident happened about 4 p.m. about a mile east of U.S. Highway 1, the Highway Patrol said.

Thomas Eugene Tannehill, 40, of Carthage, was westbound in his own rig when he rounded a sharp curve and crossed the center line, authorities said. He collided head-on with a PCM Construction Services truck driven by James Lawrence Redmond, 48, of Garner, authorities said.

Tannehill was treated at WakeMed and released. Redmond was listed in good condition at WakeMed Thursday. He waspinned inside his wrecked truck for an hour.

Troopers called for the state Department of Transportation to erect barricades to close the road, which is near the Shearon Harris nuclear power plant.

Authorities reopened the road Wednesday night.

The wreck remains under investigation, and charges are pending, authorities said.


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  • smegma Jun 14, 2007

    yesterday, 4pm? south wake? it was probably POURING down rain at the time. i don't hear that in the story either

  • WhyWhyWhy Jun 14, 2007

    Nice job writing wral - 18 wheelers "smash" ...WTH? And your details are incorrect in this story, get the correct road names, and try using grown up words such as: "collide". Amazing journalism, this ought to win some awards.

  • JustMyView Jun 14, 2007

    if they are allowed to build the Western Wake Sewage plant in that area, this will become an everyday occurrence - those roads were not meant for that kind of traffic

  • fgump Jun 14, 2007

    "One truck was eastbound and one westbound at a curve on Mars Hill Holleman..." "Mars Hill Holleman"? How about New Hill Holleman.

  • beachbum1 Jun 14, 2007

    There should be a cop there to nail all the speeders, SPEED KILLS. That road would be safe if the speed limit was enforced and reduced.

  • Adelinthe Jun 14, 2007

    Somewhat narrow road, but not that narrow. Someone wasn't on their own side of the line.

    Praying for the injured.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Mrfeelgood Jun 14, 2007

    blah blah blah blah blah..................

  • JimP Jun 14, 2007

    I drive through there twice a day and non of the trucks on those roads do the speed limit - on that stretch it's 45 and most cars/trucks are doing 60+ on the way to work.

  • Tarheelz1 Jun 14, 2007

    how fare is the no fly zone from the nuclear plant, sky 5 was sure close..

  • lilloan Jun 13, 2007

    I travel the road every day...no shoulder at all. I cringe every time I pass an 18 wheeler coming the other way. There shouldn't be dumptruck or tractor trailer traffic on that road...it was only a matter of time