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Two dead in I-85 crash in Mebane

Posted February 9, 2010

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— Two people died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 85/40 near Mebane Oaks Road at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to the state Highway Patrol.

A Honda Civic was westbound on the highway when it either stopped or stalled in the second lane from the left-hand shoulder, the Highway Patrol said. A Ford Explorer then rear-ended the Civic.

Two people were killed, but it wasn't immediately clear if they were both among the four occupants of the Civic or if the driver of the Explorer was one of the victims.

The other three people involved in the wreck were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were unknown Tuesday afternoon.

The names of the victims hadn't been released as of Tuesday afternoon.


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  • mpheels Feb 10, 2010

    Have to agree with jafarmg2. The whole point of keeping a safe following distance is so you can avoid unexpected hazards. It won't be 100% perfect, but if you keep a safe/sufficient distance between you and the car in front of you then you should generally be able to avoid hitting them, even if they do come to a sudden and complete stop and you're traveling at 70 mph. As speed increases, so should the space in front of you.

  • Ptah Feb 10, 2010

    "Thats my exit. God is good! I pray everyone is ok."

    Obviously that statement is way out of line. If your god was so good then why are these people now dead?

    Probably for the same reason there so many Haitians dead from the earthquake.....No gods nor angels have shown up to help them yet either, and will never show up.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 9, 2010

    I-40/85 from the merge west of Durham to the split east of Greensboro is extremely dangerous.

    Most drivers are exceeding the 65 mph speed limit.

    If I was a State Trooper, I would spend the day in that stretch. It would be so easy to achieve the ticket writing quota.

  • james27613 Feb 9, 2010

    70 MPH=106 Ft per second

    Very easy to ram into a stalled or stopped car.

    Wonder if the driver had hazard lights on?

  • thefensk Feb 9, 2010

    jenakids2007 is absolutely right ... that looks to be much closer to the 119 exit than the Mebane Oaks Road exit.

  • daisy14 Feb 9, 2010

    Maybe the driver of the Explorer was distracted with a cell phone or something. But, if I'm driving in the morning traffic going 65-70 with four or fives lanes also traveling 65-70, would you really see a stopped/stalled car ahead of you in time to react?
    It's scary if you think about it. If everyone started swerving and braking, that would get your attention. I don't know. Reminds me of the guy on the beltline in Raleigh who got his by two cars while trying to retrieve his ladder during the a.m. commute. :(

  • Bendal1 Feb 9, 2010


    Except the story clearly said that the Honda had stalled in the lane and the Explorer ran into it from the back. Collision speed was probably 70+mph if the Honda had stopped or was barely moving, which explains why the Explorer is destroyed up to the firewall.

  • daisy14 Feb 9, 2010

    I just heard it was two children who got killed in this accident. :( Breaks my heart.

  • wildcat Feb 9, 2010

    Was the drivers using a cell-phone?

  • jafarmg2 Feb 9, 2010

    Slow Down! Stop Tailgating! Most crashes like this can be avoided if people will just allow enough distance between yourself and the car in front of you. But NO..when I try to do that some jerk always whips in front of me and puts about 2" between me and him. I don't understand why most people on the interstates feel like they are running the Indy 500!!! The little car didn't have a chance with the big Explorer.