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Two injured in wreck on I-95 in Johnston County

Posted July 3
Updated July 4

— Interstate 95 in Johnston County was briefly closed in both directions for about two hours Thursday afternoon after a driver lost control of an SUV and hit a tree.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Frank Long Jr., 73, of Hackensack, N.J., -- the driver of the 2003 Ford Explorer – was taken by medical helicopter to WakeMed in Raleigh, where he was in critical condition Friday morning.

Long's wife, Mary Long, 70, was in stable condition at WakeMed.

A preliminary investigation found that Long was traveling in the inside left lane of southbound I-95 and ran off into the median near Selma.

Investigators believe he then steered back onto the highway, crossed both lanes of traffic and hit the tree at mile marker 95, south of the U.S. 70 exit.

The Highway Patrol said inattention and overcorrected steering appear to be contributing circumstances to the wreck.

Charges are pending.

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