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Truck's driver charged with DWI in Raleigh I-40 crash

Posted July 11, 2012

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— The driver of a Budget rental truck involved in a collision that caused major traffic backups on eastbound Interstate 40 Wednesday was under the influence of alcohol, according to a police report.

The wreck, which happened around 10 a.m. near the Rock Quarry Road exit, closed three lanes of traffic for nearly two hours.

Alan Creighton George, 42, of Statesville, was charged with driving while impaired, driving with an open container and careless and reckless driving.

The wreck report says George ran into the back of a truck belonging to the Wake County Public School System.

The collision caused the Wake schools truck to swerve and hit a guardrail and flip. The Budget truck, meanwhile, tipped over and skidded down the highway about 250 feet.

George and the driver of the Wake schools truck, George Byron Bright, 53, of Raleigh, were taken to WakeMed in Raleigh for minor injuries.

Traffic was backed up for miles while authorities investigated the crash and the Department of Transportation cleaned up diesel fuel that spilled during the collision.

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  • Myword Jul 11, 2012

    Great, now I have Mike Cross doing 'Whiskey Fore Breakfast' stuck in my head...

  • Big D 87 Jul 11, 2012

    That was no a semi it it a rental truck that any can rent and drive. If it would have been a semi driver he would have been charge with a lot more.And as far as semi drivers being bullies,find one and ride with him for a week you will gain alot of respect for what they do and all they put up with.I used to be a truck driver and had to get out because of health problems.However just as there are a few bad apples in the bussniess,Just as there are a few bad apples in every bussiness, law enforcement,and many others. But just remeber when you go to the store every thing you buy comes from a truck . abbynork

  • abbynork Jul 11, 2012

    Drunken semi driving bullies. Nice.

  • OneLove Jul 11, 2012

    "Beer with breakfast" ~ Sounds more like beer FOR breakfast, lol. Geesh, Dad, can't we get the stuff in the house FIRST??

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 11, 2012

    Hans - "They updated the story. It didn't mention anything about dwi when howbizzare posted the comments. Drinking at 10:00am while driving a truck. Now there's a stellar idea."

    Might have seen it on another station's website.

    Dunno.

  • Obama our Savior Jul 11, 2012

    Beer with breakfast.....a wonderful way to begin the day.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 11, 2012

    maxcad -

    Actually, in this state at least, if you have an open container and the key is in the ignition and someone else runs into you, you're charged with DWI whether you were actually driving or were just parked on the side of the road.

  • T-Man Jul 11, 2012

    'The story says the driver of the rental truck has been charged with a DUI. All someone has to do is read'

    Well, it says that now. However, when the comments were made, the story made no mention of DUI at all.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 11, 2012

    ncouterbanks69 - "That would be justice but I do not know if that is the case or not."

    I don't either. Someone has to pay for the truck, but you can't squeeze blood from a turnip.

    It could be charged to the credit card used to rent the truck if the limit is high enough, but those with a limit that high usually own their own truck.

  • Hans Jul 11, 2012

    "The story says the driver of the rental truck has been charged with a DUI. All someone has to do is read." -
    Nooks-N-Crannies

    They updated the story. It didn't mention anything about dwi when howbizzare posted the comments. Drinking at 10:00am while driving a truck. Now there's a stellar idea.

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