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Youngsville woman killed in wreck near Creedmoor

Posted January 14, 2010

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— A Youngsville woman died Thursday morning when her car collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on N.C. Highway 56 east of Creedmoor, authorities said.

Valerie Hyers, 54, was westbound on N.C. 56 on her way to work when her Kia crossed the center line and collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Melvin Lefler, 39, of Rockwell, the state Highway Patrol said. The wreck occurred at about 6:20 a.m. between N.C. Highway 96 and Walters Road.

The tractor-trailer, which was hauling insulation to Louisburg for Morrisville-based Service Patterns, overturned on an embankment after the collision, the Highway Patrol said. Lefler suffered minor injuries and was taken to Granville County Medical Center for treatment.

Troopers said speed and alcohol were not factors in the wreck, and there was no evidence Hyers was using a cell phone at the time.

State transportation officials brought sand to clean up a diesel spill at the site. Traffic was detoured to Hester Road for a while after the wreck.


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  • 10hummingbirds Jan 14, 2010

    dhhart001---I agree totally!!! I was going to make mention of it in my original post but thought I would be the only one that thought like that. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that they can only cover Wake County and everywhere south, but what about us NORTH of Wake County!! I live in Franklin county and they seem to never report much that happens up here. (I'll get off my soapbox for now)

    So sorry to hear about the lady that got killed. Praying for her and her family and the truck driver also.

  • dobetter Jan 14, 2010

    dhhart001... I also agree!
    WRAL has no problem reporting on what seems to be anything and everything that happens in counties way south of the triangle area, but forgets that Granville County is very much a part of the triangle.

    My prayers go out to the family of all involved in the wreck this morning.

  • tarheelblue919 Jan 14, 2010

    my aunt was hit by a tractor trailer, head on several years back. she died in the crash. i feel for this family...it is such a heartbeaking thing to go thru! sending up a prayer....

  • 2 great kids Jan 14, 2010

    dhhart...I completely agree with you as well. I've in the Creedmoor area almost all my life but its hard to get the news media to cover a story there. Even harder since I've moved to Oxford/Henderson area!!

  • LIVEITUP Jan 14, 2010

    dhhart...I completly agree with you!!

  • dhhart001 Jan 14, 2010

    WTVD online has updated their story with more information, but WRAL has not. Why the delay? Those of us who live in the area sometimes feel we do not get the full news coverage we deserve. Normally I overwhelmingly prefer WRAL to WTVD, but I think this delay in updating the story perfectly illustrates our perceived lack of attention by the media. Come on WRAL-- I know you can do better! (Just my two-cents worth.)

  • LIVEITUP Jan 14, 2010

    My understanding is that the driver veered infront of the tractor-trailer and he hit it head-on. Don't think the driver of the car made it. Prayers to the driver of the car and the truck driver!

  • sthiggs Jan 14, 2010

    Living off 56 we experience these close calls everyday. Very sad and humbling accident (wreck). Very thankful for the Hwy. Patrol, Sheriff's Dept. and Granville County Volunteer EMS and Firefighters.

  • 10hummingbirds Jan 14, 2010

    Praying for the injured. From all the pictures that are posted by ABC 11, it was a pretty bad accident. When I came to Hwy 96, the cops had Hwy 56 blocked and a chopper was hovering overhead. Must have been Channel 11's chopper, cause WRAL doesn't have any pictures or any more details on their website.

  • prayform Jan 14, 2010

    Praying for the family of the woman in the car, my cousin came up behind the accident and unfortunately the woman was more than injured. Also praying for the driver who apparently tried avoiding the oncoming car!