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Three seriously injured in I-540 wreck

Posted February 26, 2016

— 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.


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  • Jj Parker Feb 27, 2016
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    Where in the report does it say anything about people not wearing seatbelts, being on the phone being the cause of this accident???

  • Brandon White Feb 26, 2016
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    Darwinian award winnerss for today, "I mean what purpose could seat belts provide?"

  • Fanny Chmelar Feb 26, 2016
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    I hope everyone is okay! This is awful.

    I drive 540 a lot and see box trucks and other business-utility vehicles where the driver doesn't have a seat belt on, and UPS-like trucks with the door open and no seat belt on, or 4 people are crammed in the front cab - there's not that many seat belts!

    That's not as common as the driver being on a cell phone. I assume their work requires it, but weaving over lane markers isn't cool. I always steer very clear of them and wonder why the passenger isn't doing the phone calling.