MORRISVILLE — A 19-year-old man was killed and three people were injured Friday during a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 40, near Morrisville.
The victim, Joshua Dylan Cobb of Snow Camp, was killed when his vehicle was hit from behind and ran off the road, striking a guardrail, a Highway Patrol spokesman reported.
The accident occurred about 12:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-40 near the Aviation Parkway exit, just west of Morrisville.
State trooper C.C. Cayco said preliminary indications are that four vehicles were traveling west on the interstate.
Two of the vehicles, a Chevy Silverado driven by Zachary Jones of Raleigh and a Mitsubishi Montero driven by Ansley Meyer of Raleigh both slowed to avoid debris in the roadway.
The Mitsubishi overturned as a result of the collisions. Emergency workers transported Jones, Meyer and a passenger in her car, Charles Oskins to Rex Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, Cayco said.
Witnesses said one the vehicles that swerved to avoid the debris sideswiped a silver Honda Accord driven by Sarah Uhland of Cary. The Honda crashed into the 2000 Ford pickup truck Cobb was driving. Cobb's truck ran off the right side of the road where it struck a guardrail and a tree.
Emergency workers pronounced Cobb dead at the scene, the Highway Patrol reported.
However Cayco said the Highway Patrol will not be sure of what actually happened until today when a accident reconstruction team arrives to try and determine what happened.
"It may change once we get a reconstruction of what happened," Cayco said. "It was a very complex collision."
Cayco said the accident was complex because so many vehicles were involved and because the investigating troopers have received "a different statement from every single driver about what happened. A we know for sure right now is that the blue pickup truck flowed into the left lane to avoid debris in the road."
Cayco said the accident reconstruction team will take the drivers' statements and compare them with evidence they find in the swerve and skid marks to help determine what happened.
Both westbound lanes were closed for about three and a half hours as a result of the accident.
The delays stretched as far back as Johnston County, Cayco reported.
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