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Roads Refreeze, Bring Slew of Accidents

Posted December 25, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST

— Slick roads and unsuspecting drivers created a dangerous combination on Triangle highways Saturday. State troopers responded to dozens of accidents, including two deadly wrecks in Johnston County.

Cars piled up on an I-95 overpass in Selma Saturday morning. Drivers slid out of control on the bridge's icy surface, causing a chain reaction that involved more than a half-dozen cars.

The driver of a pickup truck got out to help. It was a kind gesture that cost him his life.

"The operator of the pickup truck exited his truck to go see how the passengers were in the small car, and he was struck by a northbound motorist driving a station wagon," said Trooper Shawn Davis with the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Another driver was killed in an accident at Interstates 95 and 40 in Johnston County Saturday morning. Troopers say that there were eight separate accidents at that location.

In the western part of the county, a driver had to be flown to Duke University Medical Center after being injured in one of the five Saturday morning accidents on Highway 70 near Clayton.

State troopers say you should slow down before you reach a bridge or overpass. The drivers of these cars learned that hitting the brakes once you hit the ice is a good way to lose traction and spin around.

State troopers warn that driving conditions will remain dangerous throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning. As the temperature drops overnight, bridges and overpasses could freeze again, creating the same dangerous conditions that caused two deaths and dozens of accidents Saturday morning.

One person was killed in an accident at I-95 and I-40 in Johnston County this morning. Troopers say there were eight separate accidents at that location.