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20 Cars Pile Up in Fayetteville

Posted April 30, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Thick fog is to blame for an accident early Wednesday morning in Cumberland County that involved 25 vehicles. It occurred on Highway 24, less than a mile outside city limits during the early morning commute.

One trooper, an 11-year veteran of the force, said he had never before seen this many cars involved in a single accident. The intersection, which is situated near Interstate-95 and has a caution light, was littered with wrecked cars, tow trucks and troopers.

Some drivers said they tried to slow down once they saw the wreckage, but were unable to do so. Several troopers will have to combine their reports for review before they can determine who was at fault or if there will be any charges.

Area residents say there have been several accidents at that intersection, but never one so massive. Six months ago a pedestrian was struck and killed there while trying to cross Highway 24.

Those involved in Wednesday's crash say they hope it never happens again. Hubert Weeks says his car was hit from behind repeatedly.

Near the site, two other onlooker accidents occurred.

Area residents say there should be more than just a caution light at that intersection. Troopers say they doubt if anything else would have helped these drivers in Wednesday morning's thick fog.