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One injured in U.S. 401 crash

Posted September 30, 2008
Updated October 1, 2008

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— A man faces charges for driving the wrong way on U.S. 401 just south of Ten Ten Road and crashing into two vehicles, according to the state Highway Patrol.

Adam Lightsey was driving southbound on the northbound side of U.S. 401 Tuesday night, Trooper Matt Cape said.

One vehicle swerving to miss Lightsey’s car ended up in a ditch but was not damaged. Behind that vehicle was a car driven by Michael Clark, of Raleigh. Clark tried to swerve to avoid a head-on collision with Lightsey but could not get over far enough. The right-front corner of Clark's car hit the front right headlight of Lightsey’s vehicle, Cape said.

Clarice Davis was driving a van behind Clark. She could not stop and slammed into the back of Clark’s vehicle. Lightsey’s vehicle then hit the side of her van. Davis’ van and Clark’s car came to rest near the median. Lightsey’s vehicle also ended up in the middle of the road.

Davis was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries, Cape said.

Lightsey has been charged with traveling the wrong way and driving with an expired inspection sticker, Cape said.

Lightsey told troopers he had just left a coffee shop on U.S. 401 and did not see the median in the road. He was not familiar with the area and thought he was going the correct way.

Cape said drugs and alcohol were not involved in the wreck.

A portion of U.S. 401 was shut down while the accident was cleared.

The crash happened near the scene of a Sept. 9 daylight crash to which Trooper Andrew J. Stocks was responding when his cruiser crashed with a trash truck on Ten Ten Road, fatally injuring him.

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  • down by the pond Oct 1, 2008

    C'mon WRAL ,,is there some reason you are trying to connect this wrong way wreck to the wreck of the late trooper Stock.?
    Are you trying to say we need more lights, better markings..then say what you mean.
    I am sorry i have sat here for 15 minutes trying to "connect the dots"..... and as my old granny would say "you can't hitch up on that ole mule, not even as the day is long"........and for those of you who can't figure/understand this country saying out,,,that is ok , neither can wral figure out how these 2 stories connect ..... hahaha

  • Commentor5 Oct 1, 2008

    Agree with the first poster. WRAL, what exactly does the tragedy that killed a SHP officer have to do with this story? What are you trying to say here? This is in poor taste!

    Your reporter should know better (at least I hope so).....

  • kimisufu Oct 1, 2008

    There are a lot of wrecks on the stretch of 401 between Fuquay and Garner. Why is that stretch so dangerous?

  • RyeBread Oct 1, 2008

    My wife goes through this area of 401 five times a week on her way to wake tech. I was there yesterday and witnessed a van SPEEDING UP as we approached the first light (on Northbound 401) to abou5 65-70 MPH.

    Something needs to be done. This area is way too dangerous. I vote we reduce the speed limit to 35 MPH at Banks Rd and don't get it back up until North of ten-ten.

  • ConcernedNCC Oct 1, 2008

    Did thje guy not remember what kind of divided highway he arrived at the coffee shop on? It didn't change while he was inside.

  • CrewMax Oct 1, 2008

    NCcarguy...
    Well, it IS is the same state!

    ;^)

  • tux Oct 1, 2008

    I think the article is talking about the crash on 401 near Wake Tech that the trooper was responding to, not the crash that killed the trooper. It still shouldn't be mentioned in the article since accidents occur frequently between 401/Ten-Ten and 401/Hilltop.

  • retired state trooper Oct 1, 2008

    Well ... I thought the same thing ... But hey ... I'm just a retired state trooper ... lol. Good eye NCcarguy, Z man and Reader.

  • Reader Oct 1, 2008

    If this crash is "near" the curve where the trooper crashed, then everything in southern Wake is "near". Somebody needs an atlas, or to get out of downtown once in a while and visit the rest of the Raleigh area. Next we'll be hearing that McCullers is "near" Lillington, or maybe Angier.

  • Z Man Oct 1, 2008

    NCcarguy - I thought the same exact thing. This wreck occurred more than a mile from where the trooper Stocks incident occurred (probably closer to 2 miles) and on a completely different road and completely different road configuration (4 lanes vs 2). This is blatent sensationalism.

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