Tractor-trailer crashes in 3 places make for deadly day on Triangle highways
From the wee overnight hours into the afternoon, tractor-trailer crashes on Triangle-area roads made Wednesday a deadly day.Posted — Updated
From the wee overnight hours into the afternoon, tractor-trailer crashes on Triangle-area roads made Wednesday a deadly day.
Troopers said they responded to the crash at 12:19 a.m. Sean A. Cole of Snellville, Ga., was traveling in a 1999 Kenworth tractor-trailer when he collided in the rear of a 2012 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Jeremy P. Pitt of Mooresville. Cole sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Duke University Hospital. Pitt was not injured.
No charges have been made at this time and troopers are continuing the investigation to determine additional contributing factors.
Both southbound lanes of I-85 were closed at Exit 213 during the rescue effort. A detour took drivers onto U.S. Highway 158 South to avoid the scene.
Around 1 p.m., a crash in Sanford claimed two lives. Police said two tractor-trailers collided head-on at Horner Boulevard (N.C. Highway 421 Business) and Wilkins Drive. The truck headed south crossed the median and hit the truck that was northbound.
Both drivers were killed. Neither person's name has been released.
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