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Wrong-way driver causes wreck on I-85 North in Durham

Posted December 14, 2012

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— A wrong-way driver caused a wreck Friday morning on Interstate 85 North near Exit 173 in Durham that ended with two men in the hospital.

Durham police said Timothy Glover of Durham was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes when he ran his 2000 Ford Ranger into a tractor-trailer. The force of the impact pushed Glover’s truck into another lane, where it hit a cement truck.

Glover, 57, and the driver of the cement truck, Christopher Devon Foster, 37, of Butner, were both taken to area hospitals. Robert Christopher Taylor, who was driving the tractor-trailer, was unhurt.

The collision occurred at about 5:20 a.m. and lanes were closed in the area until about 9 a.m. as crews cleaned up diesel fuel spilled onto the highway by the crash.

Durham police had been looking for the pickup truck after receiving several reports of a wrong-way driver in the northbound lanes. Investigators said Glover began driving the wrong way on I-85 North at the East Club Boulevard entrance ramp and continued in the wrong direction for six miles before the accident.

Glover's truck was totaled, while the tractor-trailer, a Ryder rental being used by E.G. Forrest Food Distributors of Winston-Salem, received approximately $10,000 in damage, a spokesman for Durham police said. The Carolina Sunrock LLC cement truck also received several thousand dollars worth of damage.

Drug or alcohol use did not appear to be a factor, a spokesman for Durham police said. The accident remains under investigation.

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  • USAF20YR Ret Dec 14, 2012

    jjsmith1973: What happened to number Two?

  • johnny2times Dec 14, 2012

    Police departments that consistently allow wrong way drivers to exist on our roads are guilty of dereliction of duty. They are not protecting and serving.

    Wow what a ignorant statement....if this guy was doing the speed limit say 65mph, by the time the call comes in, an officer gets the call, responds from an UNKNOWN location(do you really think there is an officer on every block?) and try to catch up to this driver...6 miles can be covered in minutes. Again another person who has no common sense and who has probably had a ticket given to them after THEY WERE CAUGHT breaking the law.

  • jjsmith1973 Dec 14, 2012

    Oh and for the person that made a statement about police allowing the wrong way driver. Care to clarify your thought? I'm not a big fan of the police in this state but that is the most ridiculous thing I heard. You do realize how many miles of roads there are in this state? You could deploy the military and still couldn't cover them all

  • jjsmith1973 Dec 14, 2012

    One) do you people actually drive in this state? Some of the on ramps are hardly marked and poorly engineered. I can see where someone could early do this. Drive around your state sometime geeze. Second) everyone saying alcohol was involved. Did you miss the part about them saying they didn't think alcohol or drugs were a factor? I mean honestly you people realize more accidents happen without alcohol or drugs then do or do you think just what gets reported on this sight is all that happens which the media and MADD love making you all think that their are drunks out looking to kill you in droves in NC, like a heat seeking missile. Come back to reality

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Dec 14, 2012

    I am betting a diabetic incident, or perhaps an early dementia. If ita true he weighted 400 lbs, health is probably an issue.

  • btneast Dec 14, 2012

    Police departments that consistently allow wrong way drivers to exist on our roads are guilty of dereliction of duty. They are not protecting and serving.

    What an ignorant statement. It only takes seconds for someone to turn down the wrong ramp and get going backwards on the interstate. The police cannot have a car at every mile marker on every interstate. A wrong way on the interstate is usually over before the 911 call can be completed, much less dispatch a car to respond.

  • kikinc Dec 14, 2012

    "Wonder the immigration status of the pickup driver...."

    That's as bad as me assuming it was a drunk red neck.

  • seankelly15 Dec 14, 2012

    Nancy - "nly someone totally 'loose' comes away with minor injuries in a head on collision. When you tense up is when your body can't take the hit."

    Where did you get your medical training?

  • seankelly15 Dec 14, 2012

    Nancy - "You know the pick up truck driver was either passed out or drunk, minor injuries??? Only someone totally 'loose' comes away with minor injuries in a head on collision. When you tense up is when your body can't take the hit.

    Yup, the pick up truck driver was probably drunk."

    First, where in the article did it describe the injuries as being "minor". Second, your comment that the driver "was probably drunk" is just gossip. Nothing more that stoop gossip.

  • seankelly15 Dec 14, 2012

    Common_Sensey - "I still don't get how people drive the wrong way on the highway, UNLESS they're drunk or on drugs. Wonder the immigration status of the pickup driver...."

    First... you are not "common sensey" - just common. Second, sometimes the elderly drive the wrong way and they are not drunk or on drugs. Third, why ask the immigration status? Do you seriously think that NC natives are incapable of making driving errors?

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