Monday, October 07, 2013 7:27 AM
Woman severely injured
U.S. 264 shut down after driver crashes into farm equipment
By Janet Conner-Knox | Times Staff Writer
East and westbound traffic backed up for miles Saturday afternoon after a driver crashed into farm equipment protruding into the road, troopers said.
Trooper Chad Goulet said John Deer farm equipment was parked on the eastbound shoulder of the road near the Black Creek Road exit on U.S. 264, when a woman traveling in the right lane ran into the farm equipment, totaling her vehicle.
The car was so damaged that the driver had to be cut out of the vehicle to be stabilized.
Goulet said her name is not being released at this time, but the driver was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.
A helicopter landed on U.S. 264 and rescuers rushed to board the victim.
"The farm equipment is extra wide and did have a permit to be on 264,” Goulet said. "Usually the farm equipment is going from farm to farm. Part of the equipment was on the road because it is so wide. There are no charges at this time.”
A witness just behind the accident said that the driver of the car didn’t slow down when she ran into it, Goulet said.
People trying to catch a look at the first wreck apparently caused a two-car accident on the westbound lanes of U.S. 264.
One eastbound lane opened up a little after 6 p.m. Both lanes were open by 6:30.
Travelers on the road got out of their cars to help until emergency vehicles arrived.
"There was a nurse on the road who helped until EMS got there,” Goulet said. "There was a lot of help. The local fire department and Wilson Sheriff’s office were also on the scene of the accident.”
Ralph Kornegay and his family were waiting in the eastbound traffic.
"We were going to go to Goldsboro and then decided to go to Greenville – got on at the 301 entrance and pow, stuck right here,” Kornegay said. "We were just sitting here when we heard the crash on the other side of the road. I didn’t see when it happen, but I heard the crash. It gave me a chance to tell my daughter here in the car to keep your eye on the road and pay attention at all times. You just want to come home safely.”
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