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Troopers: Sleepy driver wrecks on N.C. 96 in Johnston

Posted August 18, 2011

— N.C. Highway 96 near Selma was closed for hours after a vehicle struck two utility poles early Thursday, state troopers said.

Troopers said that Matthew Guy Thompson, 19, fell asleep while driving home around 1 a.m. His vehicle ran off N.C. 96 near Price Road, hit a utility pole, flipped over and struck another pole.

Thompson was treated for minor injuries and cited for reckless driving.

Power lines fell across the highway, and service was knocked out to some customers, troopers said.

N.C. 96 was closed between Antioch Church and Price roads but has been reopened.


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  • MrPearce Aug 22, 2011


    Your comment is not based in scientific fact. Scientific fact is, that unless you are using a powerful stimulant, missing sleep makes you more deadly than a drunk driver.

  • hpr641 Aug 18, 2011

    Lucky boy ... now, as Tom Hanks' character said in Saving Private Ryan: "Earn this."

  • SueInNC Aug 18, 2011

    If you're sleepy, pull over somewhere safe and rest. Your life and the lives of others are important...not worth risking your safety if you're tired. Glad he's going to be ok. Hope he uses it as a lesson.

  • teleman9111 Aug 18, 2011

    alot of Officers, Medics, Firefighters, and Health Care workers are forced to drive sleepy in there best effort to keep people safe, to say they are in the same class as a drunk driver just not a smart comment.

  • alwayslovingu30 Aug 18, 2011

    God was definately your co pilot Matt
    Drive Safely.I was in A wreck once.It took me 5 or 6 months to get over being scared of red lights an intersections.Have A blessed day

  • alwayslovingu30 Aug 18, 2011

    Hi Matt hope your doing ok.The Eatmon Family

  • hdsoftail Aug 18, 2011

    If you fall asleep while driving and hurt someone you should be liable for it just like drinking and driving

  • sophiemom Aug 18, 2011

    I am glad he is okay and no one else was hurt. Driving when sleepy is dangerous. This is a real danger for people in health care who work night shifts or extended hours. The sleepiness can hit you before you know it.