Officials: Wake Forest High teacher killed in Capital Boulevard wreck
Posted March 22
Updated March 23
Wake County, N.C. — A Wake Forest High School English teacher was identified as the woman killed in a four-vehicle wreck on Capital Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded around 4:15 p.m. to the rear-end collision. Investigators said Donald Wayne Caulder, 29, of Laurinburg, was traveling north on Capital Boulevard in a 2004 Freightliner dump truck towing a Bobcat when he rear-ended a 2004 Toyota Sienna.
The Toyota was being driven by Michelle Simone Barlow, 42, of Wake Forest, officials said. Barlow died in the crash, and investigators believed that Barlow was either stopped or slowing at the time of the accident.
After being rear-ended, Barlow's minivan was pushed into the back of a 2011 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Marvin Douglas Erb, 49, of Danville, Virginia. Erb's tractor-trailer then rear-ended a Honda passenger vehicle.
Teachers at the high school read a statement to students, and grief counselors were made available to students and staff.
"(Michelle Barlow) was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed by her students and the staff here at Wake Forest," the statement said. "Our thoughts go out to her friends and family."
Both Caulder and Erb were transported to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Honda was not injured.