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I-95 Fatal Crash
Saturday, August 20, 2011
By: Gina Childress

A violent, one-car wreck Saturday afternoon on I-95 in Wilson County killed three people and injured at least five others, including three children who were airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

The other two injured were taken to Wilson Medical Center for treatment. The wreck completely shut down I-95 North in Wilson County, where traffic was backed up for miles.

Witnesses said a Ford Expedition was weaving in and out of traffic and traveling about 80 to 85 miles per hour when it lost control, eventually flipping several times.

Trooper Lee Cox of the N.C. Highway Patrol confirmed the fatalities and injuries. The Highway Patrol is heading up the investigation and is being assisted by the Wilson Police Department's STEP team. The Expedition had New York license plates. The incident happened near the 123 Mile Marker.

As traffic backed up on the hot summer day, Gordon Deno, Wilson County emergency management director, called in volunteers from the Contentnea Volunteer Fire Department to deliver water to vehicles that were stopped. Traffic was so backed up, the exit onto I-95 from U.S. 264 in Wilson was blocked off to help alleviate issues. One lane of I-95 had reopened as of 6:30 p.m. The wreck occurred at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday.

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