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Driver charged in wreck that tied up I-40

Posted June 12, 2008 3:31 p.m. EDT

— State troopers charged a motorist with reckless driving in a three-vehicle wreck that tied up traffic on Interstate 40 for about two hours on Thursday morning.

William H. Touchberry, 71, was driving westbound near mile marker 285, between Airport Boulevard and Aviation Parkway shortly before 10:30 a.m., Trooper Derek Delcastilho said. Touchberry's vehicle ran off the road to the right and struck a guardrail.

Touchberry pulled back onto the highway, but his vehicle hit a second vehicle. His vehicle then ran off the road to the left and struck the guardrail in the median.

The second vehicle struck also hit a third vehicle, Delcastilho said.

Touchberry was taken to WakeMed, and his passenger, Elwood Black, treated and released from Western Wake. Both had non-life-threatening injuries.

A third person also sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Touchberry told troopers that he felt very faint and was trying to pull off the road to right when the wreck occurred. He faces a single charge of reckless driving.

The wreck caused miles-long backups on both sides of I-40 for about two hours. Westbound traffic jams extended all the way to Wade Avenue.