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One dead in I-95 tractor-trailer wreck

Posted April 27, 2016

— One man died Wednesday morning in a crash involving two tractor-trailers on northbound Interstate 95 in Benson, authorities said.

The crash occurred near mile marker 81 at about 9:45 a.m, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. A Peterbilt tanker truck hauling Butane slowed for construction and was rear-ended by a Freightliner truck towing a flatbed trailer.

After clipping the tanker, the Freightliner truck went off the road to the right and rolled on to its side, ejecting the driver, Samuel Oryan Clark, 39, of Albany, Ga., who died at the scene.

A woman in the Freightliner truck was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment of serious injuries, authorities said.

The driver of the tanker, Matthew Drew Hunter, 24, of Youngsville, wasn't hurt in the crash.

No butane leaked from the tanker after the crash, authorities said.

Traffic was detoured onto eastbound Interstate 40 as investigators and first responders removed debris. Northbound I-95 reopened about four hours after the crash.

No charges are expected.


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  • Stacie Hagwood Apr 27, 2016
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    Following distance, following distance, following distance. Can't say it too many times. The laws of physics do not get broken.

  • RB Redmond Apr 27, 2016
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    Sorry to hear this. Prayers for the healing of the injured and for the loved ones of the deceased.
    And thanking God the butane/propane didn't explode.