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One killed in crash on I-40 west in Johnston County

Posted July 7

Both westbound lanes of Interstate 40 were closed Monday after a fatal accident near Benson. (Photo by: Kevan Burnett)

— One person was killed Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 near Benson in Johnston County, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

Juan Delangel, 20, of Dudley, was traveling east on I-40 when he lost control of his 1996 Ford Explorer, which crossed over into westbound traffic near Exit 334 (Meadow). He died at the scene.

A passenger, Richie Morrisroe, 20, was taken to a local hospital and was listed in critical but stable condition Monday afternoon.

The Highway Patrol said Delangel was not wearing a seat belt.

The highway was closed between Exit 341 onto the Harnett-Dunn Highway (N.C. Highways 50.55) and Exit 334 for about an hour.


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  • kevanburnett Jul 7, 7:45 p.m.

    I submitted the photo and am a truck driver. We get to see a lot of drivers do stupid things, especially around 80,000 pound trucks that take the length of a football field to stop. 30 seconds earlier and I may have been right where the accident happened. Oh yeah, always buckle up!

  • ProudConservative2 Jul 7, 5:52 p.m.

    I',m with scubagirl on this one. Every time I give space some genius comes to fill it in. Also, I think they should require driving tests every 2 years for those 60 and older. I find more accidents caused by the elderly. This is not a knock. Heck, my mom and dad scare the mess out of me when they drive.

  • mike275132 Jul 7, 1:15 p.m.

    I40 Under-capacity and one of the most dangerous roads in NC .....

  • ashewing Jul 7, 12:45 p.m.

    Exaclty Scubagilr! When I try to keep a safe distance someone jumps in and then I have to slam on brakes!

  • scubagirl2 Jul 7, 12:19 p.m.

    Slow down and stay rested! Always anticipate what other drivers may do. Keep back from other... View More

    — Posted by RunsWithWolves

    If more would allow a bit of space between the cars this could be avoided more. The driving manual says 1 car length for every 10 mph....around here you CAN'T even leave a car length because someone will think that space is for them. Very frustrating that NO ONE cares about anything but themselves.

  • RunsWithWolves Jul 7, 9:59 a.m.

    Slow down and stay rested! Always anticipate what other drivers may do. Keep back from other cars as much as you can. I see way too many tailgaters out there going too fast to avoid accidents!