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Troopers: Sleepy driver wrecks on N.C. 96 in Johnston

Posted August 18, 2011 6:06 a.m. EDT
Updated August 18, 2011 6:55 a.m. EDT

— N.C. Highway 96 near Selma was closed for hours after a vehicle struck two utility poles early Thursday, state troopers said.

Troopers said that Matthew Guy Thompson, 19, fell asleep while driving home around 1 a.m. His vehicle ran off N.C. 96 near Price Road, hit a utility pole, flipped over and struck another pole.

Thompson was treated for minor injuries and cited for reckless driving.

Power lines fell across the highway, and service was knocked out to some customers, troopers said.

N.C. 96 was closed between Antioch Church and Price roads but has been reopened.