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Dump truck overturns onto car in Wake County

Posted April 13, 2009
Updated April 14, 2009

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— Rescue workers had to free a motorist trapped in her car for nearly two hours Monday afternoon after a dump truck overturned on it.

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Troopers said that Edmund Theodore Jackson, 52, of New Haven, Conn., was driving a 1999 Freightliner dump truck west in the 1300 block of Davis Drive shortly after 4 p.m. when it ran off the right side of the road.

Jackson overcorrected, and the truck crossed the center line into the path of an oncoming 2007 Honda Civic.

The Civic's driver, Kara Walden Benton, 25, of Holly Springs, swerved onto the left shoulder to avoid the dump truck, but the truck struck the Honda, shifting its load of gravel and sand and causing the truck to overturn.

The vehicles came to rest in Betty Burnette's yard off the left shoulder of the road.
Burnette said when she first approached Jackson, he kept talking about two other people.

"I said, ‘What people?’ And he said, ‘Those that are under my truck.’ And I was just shocked,” Burnette said.

Kara's Benton passenger – Chad Michael Benton, 26, of Holly Springs – managed to get out, but she was trapped, authorities said. Crews used two tow trucks to lift the dump truck off the Honda.

“That is a lot of weight to fall on a car,” Apex Fire Chief Mark Haraway said.

Kara Benton kept talking throughout the ordeal, and an emergency worker managed to slip under the truck and give her emergency care.

"We had a paramedic in complete safety gear in the vehicle with her the entire time,” Dr. Brent Myers, Wake County EMS director, said.

Sky 5 footage showed her placed on a stretcher and taken to an ambulance shortly after 6 p.m.

“We saw this as a miracle, that God answered their prayer,” Burnette said.

Kara Benton was airlifted to WakeMed, where she was listed in critical condition Monday evening. Chad Benton was treated and released from WakeMed. Jackson was not seriously injured.

Troopers said that the wreck was under investigation and that charges were pending against Jackson.

Spilled gravel from the dump truck covered the road, and Davis Drive was closed for more than two hours after the wreck.


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  • drsickles Apr 14, 2009

    My son and I came up on this horrifying wreck, and I'm so thankful to know that the passenger was able to get out on his own and the driver's condition has been upgraded. Kudos to the emergency personnel who worked so hard.

  • fisunt Apr 14, 2009

    I have driven a tractor trailer well over 2 million miles in North Carolina and I must admit that the drivers in the Wake County area are the worst drivers in the entire state. You cannot blame the road conditions, or the traffic for common driver mistakes, be it truck drivers, automobiles, SUVs or bicycles. We all need to keep out distance and respect the others on the road to avoid having deaths in our area.

  • acuranut Apr 14, 2009

    thanks to the wrecker operators who lifted the dump truck off the vehicle so the victim could be extricated. wrecker operators are an invaluable resource at some wreck scenes, most of which go unreported. thanks again to cricket towing and mclambs towing. all are hoping that the young lady will be ok.

  • twc Apr 14, 2009

    The newspaper reports say Kara is now in good condition.

    Seems the newspaper is more up-to-date than the "live" media.

  • nic Apr 14, 2009

    My husband and I got into an accident at the same area. We were in an SUV. There really is no shoulder in that area of Davis Dr. The tire hit the rough edge before the ditch and we went flying into the ditch bouncing around, air bags deployed, 2 broken axles, car totaled and some bad injuried. No other cars involved, but once that tire was off the road he completely lost control of the car. The road is very narrow there for a big truck or SUV.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 14, 2009

    This could have been a WHOLE LOT WORSE. We don't know about their injuries. But they are all alive. They were VERY fortunate that a fire wasn't involved with the car being crushed as it was.

  • Just the facts mam Apr 14, 2009

    It sounds like these people could have very easily been killed - great job to all EMS, fire, law enforcement, and all others who were involved!!!!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 14, 2009

    "Can't an accident be just an accident...no ones fault. Or has the insurance biz made this impossible?"

    Most accidents are not accidents. If you were being reckless, or not paying close enough attention, that's not an accident. Most traffic collisions are avoidable because they are not accidents, and a direct result of someone's negligence.

  • haggis basher Apr 14, 2009

    "“We saw this as a miracle, that God answered their prayer,”
    As opposed to god just allowing the accident to happen in the first place? Lucky they survived the accident but thats more thanks to Honda's design engineers and the rescue crews........

  • mom2threecld Apr 14, 2009

    jesmyopininion, the tags aren't usally readable because the trucks are coming and going out of rock quarrys which are very dusty and days upon weeks of driving in there the powder from the dirt and the dynamite blowing up the rock sticks to the plates like cement. it isn't on purpose.