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DOT to Install Signal at Site of Wreck Where Its Driver Died

Posted August 30, 2007 12:04 p.m. EDT
Updated August 30, 2007 1:42 p.m. EDT

— The state Department of Transportation plans to install a traffic signal near a intersection where several wrecks have occurred, including one last month that killed two men.

Walter Lee Brothers Jr., of Willow Springs, and DOT asphalt truck driver Carl Ray Collins, 56, of Wilson, were killed on July 30 when they collided near the intersection of N.C. Highway 210 and N.C. Highway 50. The truck carrying hot asphalt ended up on top of the car.

Authorities determined that the DOT truck went out of control as it came out of a curve on N.C. 210. Brothers' vehicle ran off the road trying to avoid the truck, but the truck also went off the road and struck the vehicle, authorities said.

Twenty-two other wrecks with injuries have occurred at or near that site since 2003, authorities said, prompting the need for a signal.