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Crash survivor: 'I'm really lucky to be alive'

Posted September 5, 2010
Updated September 6, 2010

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— Jason Reed was driving to a Raleigh hospital to see his newborn son when a tractor-trailer crashed into the back of his truck Saturday afternoon.

The wreck knocked down utility poles, causing traffic delays for hours along Capital Boulevard, near Wake Forest.

Reed, 28, of Raleigh, said the tractor-trailer hit his truck as he stopped at a Capital Boulevard stoplight at Burlington Mills Road. The impact of the collision pushed his truck through the intersection.

“I tried to get out of the driver's side and I couldn't. I managed to climb out the passenger side and I was shaking uncontrollably,” Reed said Sunday.

Reed was taken to Rex Hospital to be looked over. 

He is OK and says he's glad his wife and son, Carter, weren't with him. Carter was born last Thursday at Rex Hospital and Reed was on his way to the hospital at the time of the crash.

“I'm really glad Rebecca and Carter weren't with me. I feel like I'm really lucky to be alive right now,” he said.

”That (crash) definitely made things feel a lot more real,” Reed's wife, Rebecca, said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Juan Santos Oviedo, 54, of Raleigh, was not injured in the crash and was charged with failure to reduce speed, police said.

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  • beachboater Sep 7, 2010

    Whatever actually happened, we can only guess; wrong in most cases.

    If you hit someone in the rear, there is a 99 & 44/100% chance that you will get charged in the accident.

  • Rhonda Sep 6, 2010

    While this story could have turned out differently and PRAISE GOD it didn't, it was a Traffic ACCIDENT! I honestly don't think that anyone starts their day planning to see who they can ram before the day is over! I'm VERY THANKFUL that noone was seriously injured! A huge THANK YOU to Wake Forest Police and Wake Forest Fire Dept for the outstanding job that you did in directing the traffic for those many hours!

  • tcndc2 Sep 6, 2010

    Well, the police heard both sides and charged the big rig driver with failure to reduce speed and NOT the pick up driver with failure to see safe movement before stopping. That should answer some of the questions posted.
    True- but almost 100% of the time if you hit someone from behind you will be ticketed.

  • MMAfan1990 Sep 6, 2010

    The real crime is how the insurance company will treat the guy that got rear ended!

  • snowl Sep 6, 2010

    "What probably happened is that the truck driver expected the pick-up to go through the almost red light, and he was going to follow (even though it would have been red by that time) so he wouldn't have to stop. "

    Perhaps this could be true, or the truck driver was not paying attention to the light approaching him. My father commented to me that he is afraid to stop at any yellow light before it turns red because of this risk of being hit from behind by drivers who do not want to stop for the light. This is a prime example. It is very lucky that this new father did not get hurt. I saw the condition of his truck after I was able to get through this traffic jam, not too soon after it happened....

  • RonnieR Sep 6, 2010

    Well, the police heard both sides and charged the big rig driver with failure to reduce speed and NOT the pick up driver with failure to see safe movement before stopping. That should answer some of the questions posted.

  • tcndc2 Sep 6, 2010

    how many times have you seen a car get in front of a semi or any large truck just before a traffic light and have to stop quickly? not a wise move. alot of drivers try to get ahead of a truck at a light because of their slow take off. sometimes patience is a virtue! not saying that's what this guy did but we haven't heard the truck drivers side have we????? (if that were the case it wouldn't quite be such an interesting story than whould it??)

  • Lickad Sep 6, 2010

    These dangerous truckers need to be put away.

  • SaveEnergyMan Sep 6, 2010

    While it is understandable that it takes distance and time to slow down the rig, the drivers of these vehicles have to drive defensively too. What probably happened is that the truck driver expected the pick-up to go through the almost red light, and he was going to follow (even though it would have been red by that time) so he wouldn't have to stop.

    I see way too many people running red lights and very little enforcement. The light is yellow for 4 seconds and then is red. Pay attention and stop, else face serious consequences. Laws are in place for a reason, not just to inconvenience the truck drivers.

  • flyingcheetah92 Sep 6, 2010

    Glad to hear that he is okay! I wish them the best with their new family member!

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