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Woman severely injured
U.S. 264 shut down after driver crashes into farm equipment




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.

 

ANOTHER WRECK

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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Another thought said...

I realize the family is grieving and out of emotion comes emotional responses, however I think on a public forum people can discuss anything and if I were in the family’s shoes I would be far far from a comment section on WDT and least of all replying or calling people names which does not honor your loss. We empathize and sympathize with you as we’ve all had loss at one time or another, HOWEVER it’s more than that to the general public the same with any tragedy and it’s only human nature to have an opinion. How many people rubberneck at a tragic accident on the road? Why would anyone do that, but human nature makes people want to get close and look; then they go home and tell everyone their version of the tragedy. Yet no one meant harm to that family involved in the tragedy; It’s just human nature and no malice was intended by doing so.
This is a public forum and not a family blog about the tragedy so I am sorry for the loss but the real story is one people want to know in order to protect our family or make change happen. I didn’t’ see any negative comments worthy of “damnation” only opinions and people just wanted to know how someone could hit something so large. It was not meant to hurt the family mainly because those people commenting do not know the family nor have reason to cause harm to the family. It would be different if people purposely came to this site to hurt you. I don’t think they did (I didn’t). However I am sorry if it came across that way.


Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM
KRB said...

LOVE and prayers to you all as Sue is laid to rest. To hear what a wonderful person she was truly makes my heart smile. Rest in peace Sue, and may God bless you all.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:40 AM
Grieving said...

I am the aunt of the lady that you all are referring to. You all with the negative and heartless comments sound like a bunch of fools. This is not about who is in fault. This is about someone losing her life and a family grieving for the loss of a loved one. Maybe you all do not know how valuable a family is or how to love someone other than yourself but we do. See the love that is in our hearts keep us from holding anyone at fault. Be careful how you quickly judge others because you too can become a victim of circumstance. Have you ever thought perhaps my niece passed out at the wheel and could not apply her brakes or avoid hitting that tractor. I would like to say to the young man and his family do not worry yourselves about my niece...God needed another angel in heaven so he carefully picked her. In less than seven days I have lost three family members so we do not need to read negative comments about anyone. Try praying for a change and stop with your selfish, negative and heartless comments. Be careful, don't speak damnation on yourself.
Americans get it together!!! Try looking for love instead of blame! Please allow my niece to rest in peace, and the young man to live in peace.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 1:37 PM
Tasha said...

To William (the farmer)and his family I am the cousin of Ms. Smith who lost her life from the accident on Saturday. No one but her and God will ever know what happened to her that day which caused her to hit the John Deere trailer. Our family are not blaming you for this incident and hope you find peace in knowing that. To KBR I would like to personally thank you for immediatly contacting EMS and talking with Sue during the initial critical moments following the accident. We will never know if she could hear you but if she could I find some peace in knowing she was not alone. This is truly a tragic situation for our family to deal with and we would appreciate all negative comments be left to yourself about Ms. Smith and William (the farmer). At any given moment any one of us could become slightly distracted or pass out behind the wheel of our vehicles resulting in a tragedy such as this one. There is not one driver in the world that can say they have followed all rules of the road. If that driver is you..Well done! But since I know that it is not be careful what you speak about others. When you dont know all the facts, please refrain from being negative when a family is grieving and individuals involved in the accident are physically/mentally hurting. Gertrude Smith was a wonderful mother, grandmother, daughter, neice, cousin and friend. She will be greatly missed among many. Just like the farmer was doing his job as people have stated; she was doing what she has done for months which was visiting our elder aunt in the nursing home whom she visited twice a week traveling that same road. May our family, the farmer, and the witnesses find peace/comfort from the tragedy. Also, may God bless all the negative people who have nothing better to do than speak on what they clearly know nothing about. If you weren't there to help at the scene or hold her hand as she took her last breath, please just keep it all to yourself.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 1:33 PM
To:Tye From:Allison said...

I'm so sorry and thanks you so much for keeping us in ur prayers we will keep yall in ours

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 12:53 PM
no offense said...

But how can you miss a 13' high, super wide, green, lights flashing item on the road when we dodge little cars slamming on brakes in heavy traffic all the time?? Or slow moving school buses? Or perhaps cars with issues going slow with flashers going? Or god forbid someone walks out in front of us? No offense to the tragic event as we all make mistakes but its not hard to see who was at fault. I can't see this being the tractor's fault and to have the proper permit to drive the equipment on the road the farmer should be commended! how many drive stuff like that on roads without the right permit...I bet many hiding on back roads. No one asked the farmer if he wanted a road cut through his property either. I am indeed sorry for this loss as it impacts a family with devastation but it should be a lesson to us all...PAY ATTENTION! I can't count the number of times on that road that I'm going the speed limit and someone dodges in between cars with the middle finger raised as if I'm doing something wrong.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 8:42 AM Tye said...

Tyler, Lexy, Allison, and Lori, I pray that you have peace during this tough time. I don't believe that anyone wanted to cause anyone any harm. Unfortunately I can only speak for myself. I respect the work that farmers do because I have worked on some, and it is not an easy job. Listen, people will continue to talk for years to come. We can't separate ourselves from people's opinion. However, we can stand on the word of God. "If God be for me, He's more than the world against me." I told her sons (who is like my brothers), it's hard to believe, but something good will come from this. You guys did not know Sue (her nickname), but she had a beautiful spirit and she tried to live her life to the fullest. Sue loved helping. She was on her way to see our aunt, who is in the rest home, when this happened. I am sure that you too are in pain, but time will heal all of our wombs. I have your names and you have my prayers. Please be encourage. I know with all my heart that you did not mean to hurt anybody. Also, KBR, thank you for staying and talking with her. Even though she is gone, you will never know what she heard and good you done. Sue is in the hands of God. God bless you all and thank you for praying for our family.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 11:50 PM Lexy said...

Tye, I am very sorry for yalls lose. I know tyler, the farmer, is also very sorry. He felt horrible about it and keep saying he hopes she will be ok. Hope yalls family gets through these hard times, but just know she is at peace and not in pain anymore. Prayer out to yalls family and friends!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 7:42 PM KRB said...

Tye, I am so sorry to hear she didn't make it! I have been praying for her ever since the accident. I was in the car directly behind her and talked to her as we waited for EMS, although she was unconscious, I just wanted her to know she wasn't alone. Prayers for your family...May you find a sense of peace in the days, weeks, and months that follow.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 6:00 PM Allison said...

This is coming from my mom lorie who is the mother of the farmer and I am the sister of the farmer....Lorie is to upset to get up here and type anything bc she knows how badley this is going to effect my brother the farmer because the whole time he was saying he just wants her to be ok and he don't know what he is goin to do if she don't make it...Im am very sorry for your loss even in the situation it happened in it was a accident she ran into the back of him...I hope for the best for the family and comfort in there hearts about their loss im really sorry

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 5:18 PM Tye said...

People. I would hope that you would stop posting negative comments about this lady. She was my family (she did pass yesterday). The family is going through enough without having to read such negative comments about her. I am sure the farmer wasn't trying to hurt anybody when he left home that morning and accidents do happen no matter what speed people are going. I am sure that everyone that posted a comment, either caused an accident themselves or came very close for whatever reason. Hwy 264 is a very fast highway. Anyone can very easily run up on a slow moving machine, running 70mph. She was very close to me and I loved her. Let us all try to put preventive measures in place instead of pointing fingers. There are questions that we will never know the answers to so don't assume that she was doing something wrong. This family has lost someone special so there is much pain and I know that the farmer is struggling also. So please keep both families in prayer. Thank you.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 4:13 PM To BooBoo said...

Move to the city then. I've lived in the country my whole life and have never gotten behind a tractor that didn't move over to let people pass when they had the chance. A lot of times, there is nowhere for them to move. You can't expect them to stop their work and not drive on the roads because you're in a hurry. Leave the house 5 mins early.
Clearly this woman was not paying attention to what she was doing and slammed into the back of the MOVING tractor. Prayers to both the woman and the driver of the tractor.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 12:47 PM Lexy said...

Actually we do know bc unlike hafe of u commenting negative comments we know what is going on! And why would they be investigating, they clearly know what happened and there were plenty of witnesses! A tractor has as much right to be on a highhighway as anyone else! Don't yall drive yalls cars to work to do yalls jobs?? It's no different! Isn't there truck drives that gp slower that 70 on a highway, yes bc most of the have big loads and do it for others safety, just as a tractor does! It is in not shape or form his fought, and I love how all u people commenting negatively want there and don't hafe way know what happened bc If u did you wouldn't be trying to run yall mouth about the farmer that was DOING HIS JOB!
? my farmer!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 9:49 AM KRB said...

I was the witness that was directly following the lady in the gray Honda Accord. I just want everyone to know that the driver of the tractor was in no way at fault for this wreck. When I read this article up above, it made me feel sick all over again. First of all, the tractor wasn't "parked" and his equipment wasn't "protruding" into the road. The tractor was simply traveling in the right lane, with it's flashing lights on...it was NOT hanging into the passing lane, or blocking traffic by any means. I had already gotten into the passing lane to go around the tractor, and the lady that ran into the trailer being pulled by the tractor, just simply ran right directly into the back of it. She never once even hit the brake, hitting it full speed. A big part of her car came off the front and she went down the embankment and came to a rest when she hit the edge of the trees. I was the one who called 911, helped to assess the lady trapped in the car, and stayed on the phone updating her condition to the dispatcher. The man driving the tractor was down there too, and it was a very stressful situation. The lady was very visibly hurt, and I still can't get that image out of my head when I lay down and go to sleep. I just wanted everyone to know that the tractor driver was just doing his job, and this lady had to have been distracted, fallen asleep, or maybe had some kind of medical spell that made her completely not pay attention. She hit that trailer, and it looked just like she hit a brick wall...not good! To the tractor driver's mother, please let him know that I KNOW he didn't do anything to cause this, and I pray that he can find peace knowing he didn't. I wished I had of gotten his name, and I really wished I had the lady's name so I could check in on her condition. Prayers to all involved, and I really hope the lady makes a full recovery.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 9:29 AM To my farmer said...

What makes you sure that he didn't get a ticket or it is still being investigated??? Tractors should not be on a 70 mph highway to begin with

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 5:03 AM KRB said...

First of all, I am the witness that was quoted and was directly behind this accident. I saw the lady run right into the back of this grain augur, and she NEVER even tapped on her brakes. The tractor was clearly visible, as I saw it LONG before I approached it. As a matter of fact, I had already begun to move into the passing lane when I saw this lady slam into the back of it. This tractor wasn't stopped, or parked, as this article states. The tractor was moving, and was not in fault. I also was the person who called 911, and ran down the embankment to help assess and relay information to the 911 dispatcher while we waited for the EMS to come. Yes, the lady was very badly hurt, but this was not in any way, shape, or form the tractor driver's fault. He was clearly in the right lane, driving down the road...and this lady had to have been distracted majorly, or maybe had some kind of medical spell, or fell asleep at the wheel...I don't know why she didn't see the tractor. To the mother of the tractor driver, please tell your son that I made it very clear to the highway patrol exactly what I observed. It was a terrible situation, and I continue to see the lady, trapped in the car, hurt, every time I close my eyes. Prayers to you guys!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 11:53 PM A said...

Well it goes 35 for one thing and the other thing is but guess what its not against the law to drive on that highway that's why he had a PERMIT so he was not in the wrong and another thing is just like just two vehicles is goin down the rd and if someone hit then in the rear end it aromaticly the person behing them there falt bc it don't matter if the car in front slams on breaks or not the other car should be atleast two carblenths behingd so this is no diff...so the farmer was my brother ans Robert I appreciate it if u keep ur rude comments to ur self....last timeni checkednthe food on the table u eatn the clothes on ur bck came from a farmer just doin his job and goin down the rd

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 11:34 PM ... said...

Thank you "T" for your hard work as a farmer! Most citizens are too lazy to do hard work, much less farming. Half of these comments on here have probably come from people in that category!!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 10:26 PM Lexy said...

Well the farmer is doing is job and if it wasn't for them travling u wouldn't have hafe the food you eat everyday! It doesn't matter if he was totally banded from being on a highway, people still need to pay attention while driving whether the tractor is suppose to be 70 mile per hour highway or not, point blank!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 10:18 PM T said...

Well its done and over with and again im sorry for the driver and the familey! The wilson daily times were contacted and the statement that the tractor was parked will be corrected which is how over 20 comments were posted which 97 percent didnt know what the hell they where talking about!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 9:38 PM ROBERT said...

WHETHER A FARMER HAS A PERMIT OR NOT HE PAYS NO ROAD USE TAXES, AND THEIR SHOULD NOT BE A 20 MILE PER HOUR VEHICLE ON A 70 MILE PER HOUR HIGHWAY REGARDLESS OF HOW FAR HE IS TRAVELING

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 9:22 PM T said...

well ive been driving this tractor for two years and never had a problem and no one has ever ''shadowed'' the tractor i was doing my job the state trooper didnt give the farm owners a ticket so we had rights to be on us 264 im sorry for the driver and her familey! #JUST DOING MY JOB

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 9:02 PM my farmer? said...

If the tractor required someone to follow it then why didn't the farmer and owners of the farm get a ticket? So obviously it didn't!

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 8:41 PM to said said...

Some permits require what they call a shadow vehicle, and the way that farm tractor looked, im sure it needed something. My neighbor retired last year from NCDOT permit section and he told me this, just food for thought

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 7:17 PM . said...

the farm did have the correct permit you only need escorts behind you if its more than 10 miles and 301 hwy to 58 hwy isnt 10 miles.

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 7:13 PM my farmer? said...

All u ignorant ppl commenting negative comments about the farmer needs to get yall facts straight, do yall have a farmers rule book infront of yall? I doubt it. And u sure dont know if the tractor was moving or not unless u were there and if u were there u would know that it was moving! The women may be hurt but that doesn't take away it was her fault, she should of been paying attention instead of texting or whatever she was doing!

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 7:13 PM ??? said...

Wilson Daily Times has misprint the article? I was there and I know for a fact that the Trooper did not say the farm Equipment was parked, he said it was moving slowly. The Daily Times needs to own up and correct this. I'm sure the Patrol will call.. The farmer may had a permit but did it meet all the criteria? The tractor should had a escort behind it, like a truck or car. Did the permit say that? I just hope everybody is okay. I know the farmer is really feeling bad as it seems it was not his fault? If it was moving?

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 6:15 PM LORIE said...

as a matter of fact yes i was on the scene my son was the farmer you are running your mouth about and yes i do have the report. so what do you want to run your mouth about now "THE TRUTH"

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 4:43 PM The Truth 2 said...

"The Truth" and how would you know the tractor operator didn't have a permit?? Were you at the scene of the accident?? Do you have a copy of the accident report? No, I didn't think so...

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 4:10 PM LORIE said...

and the sad thing is all these false statements no one has yet to ask "DID THE FARMER GET HURT"?

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 4:09 PM LORIE said...

this is directed to the person who is calling their selves "THE TRUTH"! can you read ? the report said they had permits to be on that highway. the highway patrol has copies of them so get the story right.I appreciate all the supporters of this story that see it is not the farmers fault.and there needs to be an apology sent out to the farmer from the wilson times and "the truth" because their story is wrong!


Monday, October 07, 2013 at 4:02 PM A said...

Well the truth if I learn how to read the news paper u will see HE DID HAVE A PERMIT THE COP SAID so get ur facts straight and it dnt matter if he did or not she was not paying attention she ran inthe back of him...people need to learn how to follow up on the right facts before they strart talking badly about the farmer and pputting false facts up here cause it is wrong...he might not of been hurt fiscaly but he was emotionly...he saw her in that car and them working on her he things about that all the time isn't that bad enough so booboo bear 32 you just sound selfish and just need to stop sayn stuff that's not nicebok cause yall fell to realize maybe this farmer is reading all these nasty comments or his family menvers have you ever thought about that how would u feel if it was someone in your family getting jumo on and thing said about them when they did do nothing wrong....I WILL TAKE UP FOR THE FARMER because he was not in the wrong

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 3:45 PM The Truth said...

The tractor operator did not have a permit. There is an ordinance that legally allows self-propelled farm machinery to use that stretch of US 264 as long as they have another vehicle shadowing them with its emergency blinkers on. The story did not say whether that shadow vehicle was present or not. I would be interested in a follow-up on that point.

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 2:34 PM Concerned Citizen said...

Farmers have just as much right to use the roads as we do. We all need to slow down and add some time to our trip in case we wind up behind farm equipment, school buses, funerals, etc. Growing up, I recall that ALL traffic stopped on both sides of the road until a funeral procession passed, people can't wait anymore. As to this accident, according to witnesses at the scene, this driver didn't even slow down before she ran into the rig. As this was a very large piece of equipment that can be seen from a distance, was perhaps the driver distracted, perhaps, texting, talking on a cell phone, changing a radio station? The story is incomplete on this so do not take this as blaming the driver. While these accidents do infrequently happen, it is usually because the driver is either in a hurry or not paying attention.

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 1:55 PM Tyler said...

The farm tractor was not parked on the side of the road it was moving going toward 58 highway so the news reporter needs to get the statment right!

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 1:28 PM Love my farmer... said...

BooBoo Bear...
Why do you think that the farm equipment was unattended? It was attended and she never slowed down as the article reads. I would suggest you re-evaluate your opinions of farmers especially the next time you sit down at a table to eat. Ever wonder where that food came from. Probably one of those farmers with slow moving equipment. Had you rather get behind a slow tractor or go without food?

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 12:33 PM Unknown said...

The large farm equipment was not parked nor unauthorized beside the road it was moving down the road when it was hit from behind and this false statment that the tractor was parked needs to be corrected!

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 11:55 AM sunnydayzi said...

Maybe the Wilson Times needs to get their store straight before publishing. The farm equipment was not stopped but traveling down the highway.

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 11:32 AM LORIE said...

AND THE TRACTOR WAS NOT ABANDONED IT WAS GOING DOWN THE HIGHWAY IF YOU ARE GOING TO TELL A STORY TELL IT RIGHT! NEED TO SEE THE POLICE REPORT PEOPLE?

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 10:47 AM LORIE said...

i do not appreciate these negative comments about the person that was driving a tractor.HE WAS NOT PARKED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD! the statement he gave to the police said he was traveling down the highway and the next thing he knew she hit the back of him.People don't realize they tell one wrong thing and people start pointing fingers.He is already upset about the lady and now he has to deal with false statements and peoples ignorance. HE IS HURT FROM THIS ACCIDENT TO!

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 10:24 AM A said...

Well the way I see it is, is that it don't matter if the farmer was parked beside the rd or driving on the rd she was not paying attention and ran in the back of the farm truck....as the wittness of the scene said she never failed to stop...the farmer had a PERMIT to be on the rd they have just as much right as anyone else they watch were they are goin and so other people need to watch as well...I understand the women got hurt that is a bad thing but no one needs to talk badley about the farmer he did not do nothing wrong she RAN INTO THE BACK OF HIM....that's what i have to say about it bc the farmer shouldn't be charged for something that he didnt do wrong he had a permit to be on the rd he was following the law she ran into the back of him and didn't even put on brakes be real people

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 10:09 AM resident said...

She was prob on the phone or texting and looked up and there it is !

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 9:52 AM Cindy said...

"BooBoo Bear 32" you sound SO ignorant. First of all, the Equipment wasn't PARKED or left on the side of the highway. The farmer was driving it home with permission to drive the tractor on 264 highway. Clearly, you don't care what local farmers do. What would you eat and wear without our farmers?? If you don't like having to get stuck behind the tractors due to living in the country move to the city where you don't have to deal with it!

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 9:47 AM BooBoo Bear 32 said...

The owner of the farm equipment needs to be charged for leaving this in an unauthorized area. I appreciate what the local farmers provided to the area, but they are careless on the roads. Living in the country, it is a major pain in the rear trying to get anywhere on time. If you get stuck behind one of these farm vehicles on the road, most of the time they do not move to the shoulder and let you pass.

Monday, October 07, 2013 at 8:44 AM Robert said...

A lady crashed into the back of a large farm tractor pulling some sort of even larger hopper type rig. She was badly injured and airlifed. Not sure if she survived. She was the only occupant of the car. A witness stated that she hit the rig at full speed.

Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 8:34 PM J said...

What happened ?????

Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 10:47 AM Judy said...

I was stopped at the scene of this horrible accident. The Black Creek fire dept and Wilson EMS are to be commended on their tireless efforts to save the victim and to keep everyone else at the scene safe.

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