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Crash survivor: 'I'm really lucky to be alive'

Posted September 5, 2010 7:12 p.m. EDT
Updated September 6, 2010 3:16 p.m. EDT

— Jason Reed was driving to a Raleigh hospital to see his newborn son when a tractor-trailer crashed into the back of his truck Saturday afternoon.

The wreck knocked down utility poles, causing traffic delays for hours along Capital Boulevard, near Wake Forest.

Reed, 28, of Raleigh, said the tractor-trailer hit his truck as he stopped at a Capital Boulevard stoplight at Burlington Mills Road. The impact of the collision pushed his truck through the intersection.

“I tried to get out of the driver's side and I couldn't. I managed to climb out the passenger side and I was shaking uncontrollably,” Reed said Sunday.

Reed was taken to Rex Hospital to be looked over. 

He is OK and says he's glad his wife and son, Carter, weren't with him. Carter was born last Thursday at Rex Hospital and Reed was on his way to the hospital at the time of the crash.

“I'm really glad Rebecca and Carter weren't with me. I feel like I'm really lucky to be alive right now,” he said.

”That (crash) definitely made things feel a lot more real,” Reed's wife, Rebecca, said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Juan Santos Oviedo, 54, of Raleigh, was not injured in the crash and was charged with failure to reduce speed, police said.