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1 Dead, 4 Injured in I-95 Accident

Posted June 2, 2007 1:40 p.m. EDT
Updated June 3, 2007 11:55 a.m. EDT

— A driver falling asleep at the wheel might have led to an accident that killed one person and injured four others Saturday afternoon.

William Sullivan, 83, of Towson, Md., said he was feeling sleepy while driving from Myrtle Beach to Maryland with his two brothers, sister and sister-in-law and that he believes he ran off the road when he woke up, Trooper J.M. Dorsey with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

The accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Interstate 95 near Four Oaks when, Dorsey said, Sullivan lost control of his vehicle, struck an embankment, overturned and hit a concrete-based road sign.

All five were pinned inside the vehicle. Sullivan's older brother, Raymond Sullivan, 79,died at the scene.

William Sullivan, Ernest Sullivan, 86, Naomi Sullivan, 93, and Theresa Maskeroni, 78 were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Sisters-in-law Naomi Sullivan and Maskeroni were at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon. Maskeroni was listed in critical condition and Sullivan was listed in fair condition.

William Sullivan and Ernest Sullivan were taken to Duke Hospital. They both were listed in fair condition Saturday afternoon, and Duke declined to disclose their conditions on Sunday.

No charges have been filed yet, Dorsey said.

Both northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 95 were shut down for about an hour. At one point, traffic was backed up about 7 miles in the northbound lane while crews cleared the scene.