An accident on northbound Interstate 95 involving three tractor-trailer trucks left one driver dead and one in critical condition Wednesday, May 9. The driver of the third truck was treated and released from the hospital.
Truck driver John Michael Jenkins of Rincon, Ga. died early Thursday morning in the Jacee Burn Center of University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. The NC truck accident occurred about 9:30 p.m. near mile marker 138 in Rocky Mount, according to police spokesman Michael Lewis.
One of the trucks was driving south on I-95 when it crossed the median and crashed into two tractor-trailers going north. Loaded with cooking oil that spilled onto the roadway, one truck sparked a scorching blaze.
An Orlando, Fl. truck driver was driven to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He is in critical condition. The third truck was driven by Lacy Downing of Winston-Salem. She had minor injuries, said spokesman Lewis, and was taken to Nash General Hospital, where she was treated, and released.
The intense heat from the fire damaged the road surface and guard rail on I-95. The northbound lanes of the highway were closed for 13 hours and reopened at 10:30 a.m.
NCDOT said signs along the interstate remind people to drive carefully in this area.
Source: News & Observer
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