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One injured in U.S. 401 crash

Posted September 30, 2008 9:36 p.m. EDT
Updated October 1, 2008 7:59 a.m. EDT

— A man faces charges for driving the wrong way on U.S. 401 just south of Ten Ten Road and crashing into two vehicles, according to the state Highway Patrol.

Adam Lightsey was driving southbound on the northbound side of U.S. 401 Tuesday night, Trooper Matt Cape said.

One vehicle swerving to miss Lightsey’s car ended up in a ditch but was not damaged. Behind that vehicle was a car driven by Michael Clark, of Raleigh. Clark tried to swerve to avoid a head-on collision with Lightsey but could not get over far enough. The right-front corner of Clark's car hit the front right headlight of Lightsey’s vehicle, Cape said.

Clarice Davis was driving a van behind Clark. She could not stop and slammed into the back of Clark’s vehicle. Lightsey’s vehicle then hit the side of her van. Davis’ van and Clark’s car came to rest near the median. Lightsey’s vehicle also ended up in the middle of the road.

Davis was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries, Cape said.

Lightsey has been charged with traveling the wrong way and driving with an expired inspection sticker, Cape said.

Lightsey told troopers he had just left a coffee shop on U.S. 401 and did not see the median in the road. He was not familiar with the area and thought he was going the correct way.

Cape said drugs and alcohol were not involved in the wreck.

A portion of U.S. 401 was shut down while the accident was cleared.

The crash happened near the scene of a Sept. 9 daylight crash to which Trooper Andrew J. Stocks was responding when his cruiser crashed with a trash truck on Ten Ten Road, fatally injuring him.