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Man injured after driving off end of I-540

Posted May 7, 2010 3:57 p.m. EDT

— A Raleigh man was seriously injured early Friday when he drove off the eastern end of Interstate 540 and was thrown from his vehicle when it went down an embankment, police said.

Knightdale police responded to a call about a vehicle off the highway at about 6 a.m. and found that Calvin Jackson, 48, had driven off the area where I-540 will eventually extend south of U.S. Highway 264. The vehicle rolled down a 120-foot embankment into some woods and landed on top of Jackson, police said.

Jackson was pulled from under the vehicle and taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in serious condition Friday afternoon.

Police Chief Shawn Brown said local officials plan to work with the state Department of Transportation to ensure similar wrecks don't occur in the future.