Tractor-trailer driver charged in Selma crash
Posted August 1, 2012
Updated August 2, 2012
Selma, N.C. — A tractor-trailer driver was charged Wednesday after he crashed into two vehicles on Interstate 95 South in Selma.
Troopers charged Barry Martin, of Gilbert, S.C., with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and failure to wear a seat belt.
The crash happened near U.S. Highway 70 shortly before 11 a.m., and the road reopened by 3:20 p.m.
Martin told authorities he took his eyes off the road to reach for a Lifesaver candy and crashed into the vehicles, according to the state Highway Patrol.
He was treated at a nearby hospital and later released.
Brittany Liles, of Pinelevel, was hit while driving her Jeep, troopers said. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at WakeMed and released. Christopher Allen, of Selma, was also hit. He did not seek medical attention.