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Youngsville woman killed in wreck near Creedmoor

Posted January 14, 2010 7:36 a.m. EST
Updated January 14, 2010 2:33 p.m. EST

— A Youngsville woman died Thursday morning when her car collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on N.C. Highway 56 east of Creedmoor, authorities said.

Valerie Hyers, 54, was westbound on N.C. 56 on her way to work when her Kia crossed the center line and collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Melvin Lefler, 39, of Rockwell, the state Highway Patrol said. The wreck occurred at about 6:20 a.m. between N.C. Highway 96 and Walters Road.

The tractor-trailer, which was hauling insulation to Louisburg for Morrisville-based Service Patterns, overturned on an embankment after the collision, the Highway Patrol said. Lefler suffered minor injuries and was taken to Granville County Medical Center for treatment.

Troopers said speed and alcohol were not factors in the wreck, and there was no evidence Hyers was using a cell phone at the time.

State transportation officials brought sand to clean up a diesel spill at the site. Traffic was detoured to Hester Road for a while after the wreck.