One driver was killed when two tractor-trailer trucks collided Wednesday morning on the northbound side of Interstate 95 near Interstate 40, according to the State Highway Patrol.
The accident took place about 9:45 a.m. when a 2015 Peterbilt tractor-trailer carrying butane, a form of liquified petroleum gas, slowed down due to road construction ahead. As the Peterbilt began to stop, a 2005 Freightliner towing a flatbed trailer approached from the rear.
The driver of the Freightliner, Samuel Oryan Clark, 39, of Albany, Ga., veered to the right in an attempt to avoid hitting the Peterbilt but clipped the right rear of the truck, according to the Highway Patrol. The Freightliner then continued onto the right shoulder where it rolled over onto its side, ejecting Clark, who died at the scene.
A woman who was a passenger in the Freightliner was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh with serious injuries.
The driver of the Peterbilt, Matthew Drew Hunter, 24, of Youngsville, was not injured, according to the Highway Patrol. None of the butane from his truck was released.
Traffic was detoured onto I-40 eastbound as investigators and first responders removed debris. The Highway Patrol says it doesn’t expect to file any charges as a result of the collision.
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