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Man Killed in Accident on U.S. 1 in Apex

Posted January 21, 2008

— Both sides of U.S. Highway 1 in Apex were reopened after a fatal accident early Monday morning.

Salvador Flores-Vasauez, 41, of Durham, was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross northbound U.S. 1 at about 2:45 a.m., authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the driver, Nathan Francis, 28, of Sanford, wasn't at fault and would not be charged.

The accident forced authorities to close U.S. 1 between N.C. Highway 55 and New Hill-Holloman Road for 2½ hours. Traffic was detoured and then shut down for a while, causing back-ups of 30 to 60 minutes.

All lanes were reopened by 5:15 a.m., and traffic was flowing freely through the area.

Investigators were trying to determine why Flores-Vasauez was on U.S. 1. His body was expected to be taken to the state Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy.


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  • Adelinthe Jan 21, 2008

    Road-wearier -

    How do you know the accident only affected one side of the highway?

    Maybe the guy's brains or guts were all over the place in both lanes.

    Maybe the police and EMT had to close both lanes to be sure they got all the evidence from whatever lanes it might be in.

    Maybe you ought to show respect for the dead before complaining about being inconvenienced...or where you???

    Sounds like you just like to complain.

    Praying for you wearier.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Jan 21, 2008

    whatusay - sigh

    So you think traffic wouldn't have been slowed down with a dead man in the middle of the road surrounded by police and EMT???

    And you think the traffic backed up with rubberneckers trying to take a look at the dead man wouldn't have caused more traffic hazards or accidents???

    Think for heaven's sakes.

    Praying for ya.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Kristen_-_RN Jan 21, 2008

    Personally, I don't care if it is "rush" hour or 8 am or whenever. Sorry that I don't think most people have a job that is more important that working an accident.

    And those of us that DO work in the hospital or in emergency services - well, it seems like we're the ones who are standing up for the public safety folks. I just call the hospital and the person I'm replacing stays late. It's unavoidable. Heaven forbid it is your family member... the driver of that car deserves no less than the absolute BEST information. The dead man's family does as well. That's the priority. Period.

    And I just want to second thinkbeforeyoublab's comment - I was scared every 24+ hour shift that my paramedic/firefighter husband worked. Not just because of him wading into the homeless camps, responding to fires or going to gunfights - though that wasn't great - but because of the many times he was treating at the side of the road. My kids and I are so, so glad that he made it home.

  • thinkbeforeyoublab Jan 21, 2008

    Here is why police fire and ems close down the roads. Because you can't drive and you don't move over or slow down like you are supposed too. Careless people like you kill emergency workers. Emergency workers like to go home alive with their limbs still attached so they block the roads with the cars and big trucks to create a protective barrier to protect them from you. They really don't care at the moment where you think you need to go. Next time you come upon one of these scenes stop and give the opinion you wrote here and they'll tell you where to go. I guarantee it...

  • whatusay Jan 21, 2008

    Why was the road closed for 3 hours? Sorry a man was killed but police think their job is to close roads see how long they can back up traffic. It happens every time there is an accident...the fire departments, rescue squads, highway patrol, sheriff department, every city police officer on duty and off duty arrive and set up the road flares... A man is dead, move the car and let traffic continue.

  • NCTeacher Jan 21, 2008


    I am pretty sure they weren't causing any major traffic jams by shutting down a road at almost 3 am. Had it been rush hour, or maybe even daytime or evening- I would agree with you. But at that time of night, they probably didn't inconvenience very many people

  • haggis basher Jan 21, 2008

    It was really cold last night. Hypothermia affects judgement and maybe it was just some poor guy trying for a shortcut home and just got too cold to know what he was doing.

  • Thinkaboutitfirst Jan 21, 2008

    So sad, regardless of the hour...

  • KickBall Jan 21, 2008

    Well, knowing that area of US 1, the emergency vehicles would have entered the highway at Hwy 55. With no turnaround (having missed the exit for Hwy 55, before) for several miles, they probably shut down the US 1 South for emergency personnel safety. Just a thought.

  • White Cross Jan 21, 2008

    It probably took so long so they were sure it was what it seemed to be,rather than a homocide disquised as an accident.