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I-95 Reopens After Logs Spill on Highway

Posted July 2, 2007

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— Northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Halifax County reopened Monday afternoon after a logging truck overturned near Halifax, authorities said.

A car driven by Naha Atallah of Springfield, Va., ran off the road to the left about noon, hit the guard rail and bounced back into the roadway, where it collided with the logging truck near mile marker 166, authorities said. Logs scattered across the northbound side of I-95, authorities said.

Atallah and her father, Edmund Atallah, also of Springfield, were taken to Halifax Regional Medical Center and were then airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital. Their conditions were unknown Monday evening.

The truck driver, Rudolph Edgerton of Louisburg, was taken to Halifax Regional and was listed in stable condition.

Atallah was charged with a lane violation, authorities said.

I-95 reopened about 4:30 p.m.


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  • mindyourown Jul 2, 2007

    This car ran off the road, hit the guard rail and came back into traffic, why, any guesses? My guess, talking on a cell phone while trying to eat, light a cigarette and reached for a beer all at the same time!

  • Rolling Along Jul 2, 2007

    Team Hatteras if you are a NC native your history teacher in Jr High must not have done their job. I know where all of those counties are and most of the rest of them. Want to guess where Stanly, Gates and Clay counties are? LOL

  • transfer Jul 2, 2007

    The statement about several log trucks being involved in several accidents,I find to be a un true The GP plant handles about 200 + load of logs a day and mill in Roanoke Rapids handles even more than that .So for the number of log trucks on the road I feel they are very safe.North Carolina D.O.T. keep NC trucks Safe

  • shine Jul 2, 2007

    I hope no one was seriously injured and will say that 90 + % of the wrecks involving tractor trailer trucks are caused by the "four wheelers". They are either in too much of a hurry or following too close or cut in front of you and slam on brakes.
    It is like driving a train..... the truck can wigh up to 80,000 when loaded and sometimes more. Most passenger vehicles weigh 7000 back to 2500. Have you heard of a train being at fault for hitting something on the tracks.
    Everyone should have to ride for a day , not drive and see how courteous people are on the road. The livestock trucks and logging trucks have safe drivers because you do sometimes end up with shifting "cargo".
    Granted there are some maniacs out there in trucks, but it is really bad with passenger vehicles.
    Logs just like other cargo is strapped or chained. DOT, DMV regs.

  • Juliett Jul 2, 2007

    So glad to hear that. It has been a terrible day for you too hasn't it. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • CountryGal Jul 2, 2007

    FYI: Both parties are fine.

    (daughter of involved company)

  • Juliett Jul 2, 2007

    jcrew, you truly were blessed. I hope that the injured person in this accident is as fortunate as you were.

    I will not stay behind a log truck, I always think about Final Destination 2.

  • wizard633 Jul 2, 2007

    Teamhatteras - Halifax County is close to the Va. border on I-95. Roanoke Rapids is the city to look for.

  • TeamHatteras Jul 2, 2007

    Congratulations! You're part of the 5%. BTW, I stay off of I-95 as much as possible and if there's a back way, I tend to take it, thank you.

  • just my2cents Jul 2, 2007

    Team Hatteras, I can tell you exactly where any county in this state is without looking at a map! (Not being ugly)expand your horizons, learn about your state, there are many great things to know! Not driving on I-95 is one!