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Two critically injured in Wilson crash
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Two critically injured in Wilson crash
Dozens watch rescuers free trapped wreck victims

Two people who suffered serious injuries were trapped inside their crumpled car after smashing into a minivan at a busy Wilson intersection Friday afternoon.

Paramedics airlifted the driver and passenger of a Honda Accord sedan to Vidant Medical Center after the head-on crash, Wilson police Sgt. Benny Boykin said.

"It’s critical right now from what they’re telling us,” Boykin said Friday night.

Allen Smith and Donna Driver of Wilson were injured in the wreck. Police said a dog riding with them in the car was killed.

The crash happened around 3:55 p.m. when the Honda traveling on Ward Boulevard turned onto Westwood Avenue and collided with Trevondia Murphy, who was driving a Dodge minivan crossing Ward on Westwood.

"The driver of the Honda Accord pulled into oncoming traffic and caused the two vehicles to collide,” Boykin said.

Drivers who witnessed the crash stopped their cars and ran to the wreckage, joining residents of nearby homes. Passersby watched anxiously as firefighters, police and paramedics worked to free the driver and passenger.

"Most of the people who stopped were trying to render aid,” Boykin said.

Wilson firefighters sliced through the wreckage with hydraulic tools to free the two adults, Boykin said. The rescue took between 10 and 15 minutes.

Wilson County EMS paramedics pulled one victim from the car after firefighters peeled off a badly bent section of the vehicle’s roof. At least one patient was covered in a white sheet as onlookers watched the rescue effort.

Police said Murphy was the minivan’s only occupant and did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Both vehicles were traveling between 35 mph and 45 mph at the time of the crash.

Authorities closed the intersection for about 90 minutes as the mangled cars were moved from the road. Police detoured drivers off Ward Boulevard during the rescue, investigation and cleanup effort.

"There was a little bit of a snarl,” Boykin said, noting that the crash happened shortly before many Wilson workers started their afternoon commute. "They were restricted down to two lanes. It got kind of backed up, but other than that, it worked itself out.”

Residents of Wilson’s Westwood neighborhood who cross and turn onto Ward Boulevard from Westwood Avenue called the intersection dangerous.

Dorant Davis said officials should have installed a traffic signal at the intersection years ago to prevent crashes and close calls.

Police had not filed charges in the crash Friday night.

"The investigation is pending at this time,” Boykin said.

Times Life Editor Lisa Batts contributed reporting. | 265-7821

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The area by the Chikfila is an accident waiting to happen. And good luck telling the mayor. He knows about that area or he is blind. Surely he goes by that area and should have already seen that something is done about putting up the proper safety precautions. Guess he is too busy cutting ribbons at all the new businesses he has brought to Wilson.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:17 AM
Pretty Marie said...

This accident had nothing to do with Chick-fil-A.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Get the city planner involved said...

I agree the traffic flow at Chic Filet /LOwes needs a quick look and fix. The city/county needs to pay for it to. I think one of us should call the mayor on this issue.

Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:53 AM
Someone who cares said...

These traffic engeeners don't have any brains about these lights. There has been so many wrecks happen because of these turn lights. I don't want to see anyone get hurt but its going to take someone getting killed before these nuts learn.

Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6:38 PM
Curtis said...

Bottom line on the vast majority of vehicle accidents is SPEED..........slow down, get off the cell phones....DRIVE.....

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:42 PM
Prayers for action said...

Yes, there should be a traffic light there and there should be a green left turn signal for drivers at the intersection of Forest Hills and Westwood (it was changed to a flashing yellow, making the intersection risky when turning left). Also need a green left signal for people coming out of Lowes or Chick-Fil-A and turning left onto Forest Hills. Huge traffic back-up when the Chick-Fil-A customers form a single left turn line. These yellow blinking turn lights are for the birds. Another thought - wasn't a little girl killed crossing Ward near Westwood a few years ago? She was about 6 or 7 years old and a student at Hearne.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 4:39 PM
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