One person was killed this morning on U.S. 64 eastbound three miles west of Zebulon this morning when two tractor trailers collided, the N.C. State Highway Patrol reported.
State troopers shut down that section of U.S. 64 near Lizard Lick Road (mile marker 432) as a result of the massive crash and resulting death. The road has since reopened.
Greg Thomas, a Wake schools' spokesman, said that because of the backup, some school buses ran into delays getting to schools to pick up students.
The traffic accident occurred just before 9:30 a.m., the Highway Patrol reported. Traffic was shut down for several hours, in the eastbound lanes, but was reopened late this afternoon.
A tractor-trailer owned by J.B. Hunt Inc. out of Lowell Arizona was traveling east on U.S. 64 near mile marker 432 and had come to a stop on the right lane. A second tractor-trailer owned by Preferred Transport & Distribution Inc. out of Austell, Georgia was traveling on the right lane of eastbound US 64 as well and impacted the J.B. Hunt truck in the rear.
The driver of the second tractor-trailer was killed on impact. The driver of the Hunt truck, James Clinton of Greensboro, was taken to Wake Med. with non-life threatening injuries. The Highway Patrol has not yet made public the name of the fatality victim.
The patrol is still investigating why the J.B. Hunt tractor-trailer had come to a stop in its travel lane.