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One hospitalized after truck flips on I-40

Posted June 23, 2008
Updated June 24, 2008

Traffic Accident (generic)

— One person was hospitalized Monday as the result of a wreck on Interstate 40 westbound in Duplin County.

Orlando Wyatt, of Durham, was driving a tractor-trailer near mile marker 364 west of Warsaw when, according to the state Highway Patrol, a contract mower from Cumberland County veered in front of him in the right lane.

Witnesses said Wyatt swerved to miss the tractor and his truck overturned in the median. A wire guardrail prevented the tractor-trailer from entering eastbound lanes.

Wyatt was treated for minor injuries at Duplin Hospital and released Monday afternoon.

The driver of the mower, Alexander Covington suffered serious injuries. He was being treated at Pitt Memorial Hospital. His condition was not released.

Two other cars which had been traveling behind the tractor-trailer sustained some damage, but no one else was hurt.

I-40 westbound reopened just after 1:30 p.m., the Highway Patrol reported.


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  • NCSU2004 Jun 23, 2008

    2 1/2 hours really isn't that long of a time for that sort of accident.

    And there could have been a death.... it says the person is in critical condition. Don't be so harsh!

  • speedy Jun 23, 2008

    I'm from around here, but I've been outta Mayberry, Andy, and it ain't this way nowhere else.

  • MrPearce Jun 23, 2008

    Probably because there is a good chance at least one of these drivers will die...

    But beyond that... state sub contractors or DOT employees were involved and a full investigation is required.

    Add in to the fact that the accident involved a heavy slow moving object being hit by an even heavier fast moving object, whose trailer contents we are not privy too (and which may be alll over the road surface at this point), and you have a slow cleanup.

    Made even worse by the dreadful traffic around the accident.

    Maybe where you are from they just shove it to the side, and continue on, but in NC, we like to figure out what happened, and we don't want a follow on crash either.

  • speedy Jun 23, 2008

    Exactly WHY does it take them so long to clear a non-fatal accident around here?