Truck driver dies overnight after fiery crash on I-95

From staff reportsMay 10, 2012 

A truck driver died early Thursday morning following a fiery Interstate 95 crash Wednesday night involving three tractor-trailers.

John Michael Jenkins of Rincon, Ga., died at 2:42 a.m. Thursday after he was flown to UNC Hospitals’ Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, said Rocky Mount police spokesman Michael Lewis.

The vehicles collided around 9:30 p.m. near mile marker 138 inside Rocky Mount city limits, according to Lewis. A truck traveling south on I-95 crossed the median and struck two tractor-trailers traveling north. One of the trucks was loaded with used cooking oil that spilled onto the highway.

Truck driver Jerome Kinsey, of Orlando, Fla., was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he is in critical condition. Lacy Downing of Winston-Salem operated the third truck and was treated and released from Nash General Hospital with minor injuries, according to Lewis.

The cause of the accident has not been determined and is still under investigation, Lewis said.

The northbound lanes of I-95 were closed for 13 hours and reopened to traffic at 10:30 am.

There is damage to the road surface and guardrail due to the extreme heat from the fire. Signs are placed along the interstate reminding motorists to drive with caution through this area, according to NCDOT.

Guardrail and road repairs will be scheduled for later this month.

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