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Wrong-way driver causes wreck on I-85 North in Durham

Posted December 14, 2012 5:48 a.m. EST
Updated December 14, 2012 12:03 p.m. EST

— A wrong-way driver caused a wreck Friday morning on Interstate 85 North near Exit 173 in Durham that ended with two men in the hospital.

Durham police said Timothy Glover of Durham was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes when he ran his 2000 Ford Ranger into a tractor-trailer. The force of the impact pushed Glover’s truck into another lane, where it hit a cement truck.

Glover, 57, and the driver of the cement truck, Christopher Devon Foster, 37, of Butner, were both taken to area hospitals. Robert Christopher Taylor, who was driving the tractor-trailer, was unhurt.

The collision occurred at about 5:20 a.m. and lanes were closed in the area until about 9 a.m. as crews cleaned up diesel fuel spilled onto the highway by the crash.

Durham police had been looking for the pickup truck after receiving several reports of a wrong-way driver in the northbound lanes. Investigators said Glover began driving the wrong way on I-85 North at the East Club Boulevard entrance ramp and continued in the wrong direction for six miles before the accident.

Glover's truck was totaled, while the tractor-trailer, a Ryder rental being used by E.G. Forrest Food Distributors of Winston-Salem, received approximately $10,000 in damage, a spokesman for Durham police said. The Carolina Sunrock LLC cement truck also received several thousand dollars worth of damage.

Drug or alcohol use did not appear to be a factor, a spokesman for Durham police said. The accident remains under investigation.