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Two killed in Wake County wreck

Posted May 6, 2013
Updated May 7, 2013

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— Two people were killed Monday afternoon in a three-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 264 at Wendell Boulevard in Wake County, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

A Honda Civic traveling west on U.S. 264 rear-ended a Chevrolet Aveo around 4:20 p.m., lost control and began to skid sideways, troopers said. As it crossed into the far left lane, a flatbed tractor-trailer struck the Honda, authorities said. 

The driver, 21-year-old Roxanne Swanner, and passenger, 29-year-old Santez Keys, both of Washington, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Aveo, Cealous Conyers, of Raleigh, was heading home from work when the Civic hit him, he said. Suddenly, he saw the truck plow into the Civic.

"I could hear the air brake and everything," he said. "The truck was pushing the vehicle and I could see it through my rear-view mirror."

It wasn't clear whether speed or wet, rainy weather were factors in the wreck.

Neither Conyers nor the driver of the truck were injured.

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  • quota2high May 7, 2:40 p.m.

    This bridge has a big dip in the front and the back part of it. With the rain and wet pavement I can see if a driver is not used to the dips where many things could go wrong. This area, from the Zebulon Exit to over this Bridge going in both directions is always accident ridden....... Getting people to slow down, better road and better guard rails would all help. I am sorry for the lost of these people and their Family and Friends pain..... maybe the state could look into the road a little more so it doesn't cost even more lives and pain and damage!!

  • NiceNSmooth May 7, 10:46 a.m.

    I got in a wreck on this same road in the area. got pushed at 65 mph while trying to merge, and walked away with some bruises. It's a reminder I'm lucky to be alive

    I travel this road every day. In my opinion, the speed limit is way too high, but then again, no one seems to pay any attention to that anyway. Mark it back down to 55, people will do 70. Mark it up to 70, they will do 80-90.

    Hate to say this but if you were doing the speed limit then you probably would not have been in the accident... People need to learn slow drivers stay in the right lane

  • pUKe May 7, 10:20 a.m.

    travel this road every day. In my opinion, the speed limit is way too high, but then again, no one seems to pay any attention to that anyway. Mark it back down to 55, people will do 70. Mark it up to 70, they will do 80-90.

    I agree!

  • Dan Cooper May 7, 9:57 a.m.

    vsusu2002, Maybe the readers want to know which Washington so they know where to send their prayers! BTW, NC is not among the top 10 most dangerous states to drive.

  • tayled May 7, 9:51 a.m.

    I got in a wreck on this same road in the area. got pushed at 65 mph while trying to merge, and walked away with some bruises. It's a reminder I'm lucky to be alive

    I travel this road every day. In my opinion, the speed limit is way too high, but then again, no one seems to pay any attention to that anyway. Mark it back down to 55, people will do 70. Mark it up to 70, they will do 80-90.

  • sweetlyght May 7, 9:43 a.m.

    I got in a wreck on this same road in the area. got pushed at 65 mph while trying to merge, and walked away with some bruises. It's a reminder I'm lucky to be alive.

  • esprg May 7, 9:36 a.m.

    @WA4MJF: Little Washington; one was a neighbor well known & will be missed.

  • vsusu2002 May 7, 9:35 a.m.

    wa4mj said "I wonder if the deceased are from little Washington, big Washington or Washington State. Not very clear in article".

    What difference does it make? Would you like their home address too?

  • tayled May 7, 9:35 a.m.

    Tragic accident no doubt, but WRAL should be ashamed of itself. When the ground reporter did his story, he was totally classy, saying that they did not want to show what was behind the fire trucks out of respect. However, in just a few minutes, Sky5 was over the scene and they showed everything. Come on WRAL, show some class please!

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun May 7, 9:28 a.m.

    I came by this area yesterday approx 3:30. It was pouring down rain so hard I couldn't see infront of me.

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