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One killed in tractor-trailer wreck on U.S. 64

Posted May 13, 2010
Updated May 14, 2010

— One person was killed in a wreck involving two tractor-trailers that closed the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 64 near Zebulon for eight hours Thursday.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said James Clinton, 30, of Greensboro, was traveling east on U.S. 64, near Lizard Lick Road, around 9:20 a.m. when he stopped in the right lane, and the other tractor-trailer hit his truck from the rear.

Wreck closes U.S. 64 near Zebulon One killed in U.S. 64 wreck

The other driver, Terrance Lynn Brown, 38, was killed on impact, authorities said. Clinton was taken to WakeMed with injuries that were not life threatening.

Investigators said Clinton stopped on the highway due to mechanical issues.

Traffic on U.S. 64 was backed up for miles in both directions as state troopers set up detours around the scene of the wreck.

Authorities said Clinton is a driver with J.B. Hunt Inc., out of Lowell, Ariz. Brown worked for Preferred Transport & Distribution Inc., out of Austell, Ga.


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  • jellebeens May 14, 2010

    It makes no difference how you word it... my point, and it is plain, is that it was not "Intentional". And since we have to be so politically correct, the police report will show MVA which stands for "motor vehicle ACCIDENT".

  • antares911 May 14, 2010

    They called it a "wreck" not an "accident."

    Deepest sympathies to those involved.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning May 14, 2010

    Not to be insensitive, but traffic is important, too. Bad traffic tie ups have the potential to kill more people. In this case that did not happen, thank goodness.

    I don't think the traffic direction was incompetence, just a lack of resources. The people dealing with the wreck and fatality should be completely seperate from the people dealing with the detours. I came around a curve under 540 with a semi next to me, he almost plowed into a line of cars stopped for the Smithfield exit.

    I must have been living in a bubble yesterday because I didn't know a thing about this until a sign on the belt line saying closed at Lizard Lick (way past my exit). The bypass was moving great and I would have had no problem if I had just gotten off at Hodge. The bypass itself was flowing great even past Smithfield Rd.

  • jellebeens May 14, 2010

    Wah Wah Wah all some people can do is gripe and moan about how "their" lives were inconvenienced. This was an "accident"... not intentional, that's why it's called an "accident". At least you all got to go home and be with family or whatever you do when you get there.... think about these 2 families. One has lost a son/brother/husband/daddy and the other will never get over what happened. Stop being so self-centered. Your life will get back to "normal", theirs never will.

  • Adelinthe May 13, 2010


    Am so sorry.

    Sending prayers for the victim's loved ones and for the healing of the injured man.

    These truck drivers are so amazingly good, it's surprising this happenes, but even then, accidents can happen.

    And those of you complaining about the traffic, hush - be glad you'll be able to hug your loved ones tonight.

    God bless.


  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap May 13, 2010

    in case anyone is still at work and wondering how the traffic is....it's still ridiculous. i live in wendell, and as i was leaving town going towards knightdale, the traffic coming into wendell via 64 Business was backed up all the way into knightdale. all the back roads are highly congested as well. smithfield road is a nightmare.

  • the1whodidit May 13, 2010

    It is widely understood in the safety profession that traffic accidents account for the largest percentage of occupational fatalities each year [National Safety Council, 2002, Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS], 2002 and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1993].

    Title: Deadly Highway Accidents Outnumber Other Fatal Work Incidents

    Collision Warning Brake Support

    Economic Evaluation of Truck Collision Warning Functions

    They are putting them in cars now and it seems obvious to me that a business would want to put them in a $100K+ semi. Maybe not the insurance business or the trucking industry, but the haulers would seem to cry out for it. Should we push this to be a law?

  • smiley1637 May 13, 2010

    I am going to leave raleigh, go through clayton , and get to wilson on 42

  • Gab May 13, 2010

    I've seen another tractor-trailer stop in the right-hand lane along that same stretch approaching Zebulon.

    The driver was trying to pull another truck out of the mud. There was no law enforcement support at all and it was a wreck waiting to happen. I called HP, not sure if they ever got over there.

    Sad. Condolences to the driver's family and friends.

  • 5-113 FA Retired May 13, 2010

    In 7 years I'll be retired and will never have the need go to Raleigh ever again. But by then, Wake County will have contaminated every bordr county it touches. What I should do when I retire is mone either to Ohio or Cary (either are interchangable) and drive slow in the passing lane.