Three seriously injured in I-540 wreck
Posted February 26
Raleigh, N.C. — Three people were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries Friday morning after a wreck on Interstate 540 in north Raleigh.
The wreck happened at about 7:30 a.m. near the Lumley Road interchange when a 2006 Isuzu box truck merged into traffic and struck a 2004 Chevrolet van, police said.
The van then flipped several times and crossed over the center guard wire into the eastbound lanes of I-540, while the box truck flipped and came to rest against the center guard wire, police said.
The box truck driver, Ryan Kent Timberlake, 31, of Knightdale; the van driver, Eugeino Garcia Navarro, 59, also of Knightdale; and one of Navarro's passengers were taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment. Two other passengers in the van were treated at WakeMed and released.
Authorities shut down two lanes in each direction as they investigated the incident. The highway reopened at about 11:30 a.m.
Police said the crash remains under investigation.