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Postal worker critically injured in wreck

Posted January 27

— A postal worker is in critical condition after his mail truck was hit by another vehicle Monday evening.

William Franks, 77, of Holly Springs, was driving his mail truck on Pagan Road at about 7:45 p.m. when he ran a stop sign at Rock Service Station Road and was hit by a Ford F150 driven by James Ward, 50, authorities said.

Franks was transported to WakeMed. Ward and his son, who was in the pickup truck with him, were not hurt.

Mail was scattered across the road, said authorities, who plan to charge Franks with a stop sign violation.

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  • troyjelley Feb 4, 6:59 p.m.

    Mr. Franks continues to recuperate from his surgeries. The doctors confirmed as many of us expected that he suffered a heart attack before the accident occurred. I apologize to the Ward family if my previous comment suggested that I thought that they were at fault. I certainly meant no disrespect. Our speculation was that he had a physical ailment that lead to the accident. Please pray for his healing, thank you.

  • j1n2ward Jan 29, 1:36 p.m.

    I am glad to hear Mr. Franks is doing well, it has been heavy on my heart since the accident when things did not look so good. Other than showing an interest in Mr. Franks well being you others need not comment on what you did not see or experience 1st hand. When I learned of Mr. Franks age I was even more distraught that a man of his age was having to work for a living and not enjoying a comfortable retirement as he should be entitled to. Hopefully this is something he chose to do rather than had to do to provide for his family. we have tried to get news of his condition since the night we were involved in this accident with Mr. Franks. It was a night that I will never forget as well as my son who acted in a way that I as a parent I will always be proud of despite the fact we had just been involved in a horrific accident that could easily have been more tragic than it was.

    For those that truly have an interest please refrain from speculation and pray for Mr. Franks and his family.

  • troyjelley Jan 28, 2:26 p.m.

    Mr. Franks is recuperating well according to his daughter. I believe when the investigation is complete he will not be found at fault.

  • leo-nc Jan 28, 1:35 p.m.

    I think everyone is praying for him and I know that our church family is praying for him, even though we don't know him. The article was written based on facts though. Don't blame WRAL for facts. It's their job. That doesn't mean no one cares. Trust me. People are lifting this man up in prayer.

  • georgiamclean7 Jan 28, 10:59 a.m.

    Our prayers are with Coach Franks and his family. He's such an awesome giving man! I'm so sorry this has happened! I'm also sorry to the family this article was written heartlessly. Prayers and blessings