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Driver Flees Scene Of Accident That Sends Several People To Hospital

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WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. — Wayne County authorities are looking for a driver who ran from the scene of an early-morning traffic accident that sent five people to a hospital.

Among those taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital were a 2-year-od boy and 3-month-old girl. All but one of the five had been treated and released by Friday afternoon.

The accident happened shortly after 1 a.m. Friday. According to investigators, a 1989 Nissan travelng east on U.S. 70 crossed the median into oncoming traffic and hit a tractor-trailer owned by the Pate Dawson company. Both vehicles came to rest in the westbound lanes of 70, blocking traffic.

At that point, 19-year-old Heather Jackson stopped her vehicle to assist the people involved in the wreck. She walked into the road in front of an oncoming car. She was listed in good condition at Wayne Memorial Friday afternoon.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

A first-responder at the accident scene also was struck by a vehicle and taken to Wayne Memorial. The extent of his injuries were not known Friday afternoon.

Police said the driver of the Nissan fled on foot. He had several passengers, and they reportedly told troopers that he had been drinking.

Everyone in the Nissan was from Charlotte, and all were taken to the hospital. The car was not registered, and the tag on the car did not belong on the car.

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