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Two killed in wreck on US Highway 64 near Knightdale

Posted May 26, 2013
Updated May 27, 2013

— Two people were killed Sunday night in a three-car wreck that shut down all eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 64 near Knightdale.

The wreck happened just after 10 p.m when a 2004 Mazda passenger car, traveling west on U.S. Highway 64 near Interstate 540, drove off the road into the median. The vehicle continued across the median into the eastbound lanes of U.S Highway 64, colliding with a 2002 Cadillac pickup truck. 

Both the driver of the Mazda, 22-year-old Megan Williams, of Raleigh, and passenger, 25-year-old Brooke Byrnes, of Norristown, Pa., were killed.

It was unclear why the car traveled off the highway into the median. 

The three occupants of the pickup truck were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

There was a third car involved in the wreck that side swiped the pickup truck during the collision. No one in that vehicle was injured. 

The roadway, including the ramp to Hodge Road, was closed until about 1 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

No charges will be filed, as the party at fault is deceased. 

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  • kateyezkateyez May 28, 12:15 p.m.

    MudLife - thanks, I knew it had to be either 264 or 540 for a 70 mph zone so to say it was 64 was a reporting mistake.

  • Bendal1 May 28, 10:29 a.m.

    mudlife,

    I hate to break it to you, but there isn't a barrier on any of NC's highways (except for the concrete ones) that will reliably stop a 70mph vehicle. All the metal guardrail, all the cable barriers, are tested and designed to stop/redirect vehicles travelling no faster than 60mph. Even the concrete barriers aren't tested at 70mph; they are tested at the same speed as the metal ones are. While the concrete barriers would probably stop a cross-median crash like this one, installing them on a wide median like US 64 Bypass has would be incredibly expensive and it would end up looking like I-40 towards Durham; all pavement in the median.

    Cable barriers work, but they have their limitations. Stopping every vehicle at 70mph just isn't possible, and from what I've read, this vehicle didn't hit the cable, it hit the anchor right where the cable ends and the steel beam guardrail begins.

  • Knightwolf May 28, 9:53 a.m.

    this may have occured on the 64 BYPASS. The speed limit on most of the BYPASS is 70 mph.

  • MudLife May 28, 9:48 a.m.

    it is 264 not 64. My brother was stuck in the traffic that night when he left our house.

  • MudLife May 28, 9:20 a.m.

    Yet another failure of the cheap and easy guide wire retaining system in the median. Totally unsuitable for a highway with a 70mph speed limit. Who wants to start a kickstarter program to get a real barrier to oncoming traffic??
    jonrosstaylor
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    Very true. I've always said that guidewire serves NO purpose. Spend the money to have a barrier there. Guard RAIL or stone barriers.

  • kateyezkateyez May 28, 9:19 a.m.

    This reporting is incorrect. There is NO place near Knightdale on Hwy 64 that has a 70 MPH speed limit, maybe Hwy 264 or I540 but not Hwy 64.

  • jonrosstaylor May 28, 8:59 a.m.

    Yet another failure of the cheap and easy guide wire retaining system in the median. Totally unsuitable for a highway with a 70mph speed limit. Who wants to start a kickstarter program to get a real barrier to oncoming traffic??