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Franklinton woman dies in I-540 East wreck

Posted December 9, 2010 8:47 a.m. EST
Updated December 10, 2010 7:34 a.m. EST

— A Franklinton woman died in a wreck on Interstate 540 in Wake County that temporarily shut down all eastbound lanes and partially blocked westbound lanes Thursday morning.

Krystal Jeanette Strother, 28, lost control of her 2003 Honda and over-corrected, causing her car to swerve to the left, go underneath the median cables and into the eastbound lanes, according to the wreck report.

Michael Scott Jones, 43, of Alexander, was traveling east and crashed into Strother's car, causing her car to rotate counterclockwise. Another driver traveling east, Gregory Alex Bellinger, 25, of Morrisville, then drove off the road to the right.

Police said multiple people were injured in the wreck near Globe Road shortly before 8 a.m.

Talking to 911 dispatchers, a man on the scene described the wreck as "huge."

"There's stuff all over the road," the caller said. 

The caller said one of the vehicles was smoking and a woman was unconscious in her vehicle. 

"She's not breathing," he tells the 911 operator. "She seems to be trapped in the car."

All lanes of I-540 were reopened to traffic about five hours after the wreck.