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Passenger in FedEx truck killed in Halifax County wreck

Posted October 23, 2013

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— A passenger in a FedEx truck was killed early Wednesday when the truck lost control on Interstate 95 North in Halifax County and hit a tree, state Highway Patrol officials said. 

According to investigators, the truck's right front tire blew at about 6:30 a.m., causing the truck to swerve off the road near mile marker 166 in Roanoke Rapids. 

The name of the passenger has not been released, and troopers weren't sure where the person was sitting in the truck. 

The truck's driver was taken to Halifax Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

State Department of Transportation officials closed the right lane of I-95 North due to the wreck. Drivers should expect delays in the area until at least noon. 

No other information about the wreck was immediately available.

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  • starglow2005 Oct 23, 2013

    "Am I clear on this story that the passenger was not an employee of Fed Ex?? If so, they are in trouble big time.
    nonemeant"

    Not necessarily. Many of the Fedex drivers are owner/operators working as contractors for Fedex and although the trucks they drive may have the Fedex logo, they are not necessarily Fedex employees or driving Fedex owned vehicles.

  • colinmb123us Oct 23, 2013

    How did an article that specifies that a tire blew turn into a "which is worse, auto or truck drivers" argument? Anything to push your personal view on every subject I guess.

  • nonemeant Oct 23, 2013

    Am I clear on this story that the passenger was not an employee of Fed Ex?? If so, they are in trouble big time.

  • Obamacare is here Oct 23, 2013

    Every one of these trucks should come with a standard dash mounted cam so investigators can conclude whether or not car or truck drivers cause the majority of these wrecks.

  • scubagirl2 Oct 23, 2013

    "Note: because you have 14 more wheels on the road does NOT mean you can stop quicker and shorter."

    correct....18 wheels take LONGER and FARTHER to stop regardless!

  • scubagirl2 Oct 23, 2013

    "Ride with a truck driver sometime and see what THEY have to put up with from 4-wheelers cutting them off and then you'll better appreciate the skills that truck drives have to have behind the wheel of those big rigs to keep them from killing the idi*t drivers around them. starglow2005"

    THANK YOU!!!! But folks (some) would rather just blame the truck driver regardless. I really wish there was some way every prospective driver could spend a few hours in the cab of an 18 wheeler on the highways....wouldn't take them long to understand and SEE what they have to contend with.

  • Chatham Rebel Oct 23, 2013

    Good point starglow, just this morning I witnessed a driver on 40 in the middle lane playing with his cell phone then at the last minute coming up on his exit cut off a tractor trailer to get off on Jones Sausage Rd. Real smooth move! And then trucks are to blame for accidents. Note: because you have 14 more wheels on the road does NOT mean you can stop quicker and shorter.

  • Chatham Rebel Oct 23, 2013

    Yes 'Obamacare' they do have seat belts and like most law abiding drivers are required by law AND company policy to wear them.

  • Chatham Rebel Oct 23, 2013

    "Trucks are allowed to go too fast" Well let's see maybe they should be restricted to say 15 mph under what cars drive? That would impede traffic terribly and is that safe? 'sunshine' is right you have been drinking some bad kool-aid.

  • starglow2005 Oct 23, 2013

    Ride with a truck driver sometime and see what THEY have to put up with from 4-wheelers cutting them off and then you'll better appreciate the skills that truck drives have to have behind the wheel of those big rigs to keep them from killing the idi*t drivers around them.

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