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Wrong-way driver collides with septic truck

Posted July 15, 2011 2:17 p.m. EDT
Updated July 16, 2011 12:55 p.m. EDT

— A 67-year-old man going the wrong way on a Fayetteville street Friday afternoon was seriously injured when his pickup collided head-on with a tanker truck, police said.

A 2010 Ford Ranger pickup went the wrong way on an exit ramp between Rowan Street and Murchison Road and crashed into the septic tanker immediately after getting onto Rowan Street, police said.

The pickup burst into flames, and a passing Public Works Commission employee used an extinguisher to put out the fire, police said.

The pickup driver, Robert McGill, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, then to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He was in good condition Saturday.

The septic truck, which was empty, is owned by Providence Environmental. The driver, Daniel Ayers, 53, was uninjured.

Police said they think McGill might have suffered a medical problem that caused the wreck. No charges were filed.

The wreck, which happened at about 1:15 p.m., forced police to shut down Rowan Street near Bragg Boulevard for about two hours