Baker said the initial collision between the Ford and Mazda led to a chain reaction that involved three other unidentified vehicles being pushed into one another. Only one injury was reported in that second accident. Baker added the wreck backed up traffic along the highway into a work zone where a group of N.C. Department of
Transportation workers had just finished working for the day. The workers were re-opening both eastbound lanes of the highway at the time, according to his statement.
Andrew Barksdale, N.C. Department of Transportation public relations officer, Divisions 4, 6 and 8, confirmed Baker’s statement and responded to comments from some about the signage used by the agency in its work at the time.
“We had contract crews at the site that were just finishing up cutting rumble strips when the wreck happened,” Barksdale said. “None of our contract workers were injured. In regards to concerns about signage, the workers followed proper procedure with signage including the use of a sign on a truck.”
“There’s been a lot of construction on I-40 lately, whether it’s pavement on Old Fort Mountain, ongoing bridge maintenance, guard rail maintenance and a lot of lane closures,” said Cline. “In the last few weeks, we’ve seen an increase in collisions on the interstate, all of them being rear-end. We strongly advise that drivers use caution and pay attention to signage when traveling towards incoming construction. This is a tragic, unfortunate circumstance with a lot of factors at play.”
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One person is in the hospital following a three-car crash on Highway 195 in Whitman County Wednesday.
The crash happened seven miles north of Colfax when a driver didn’t stop for traffic.
“I just threw my stop sign down and turned to run to safety,” said Tamar Arcano. “I was just standing here flagging and I had my stop sign out and the gentleman in the van came to a complete stop. Then I looked up and saw that the truck was not slowing down. He was going pretty fast and went full bore into the back of the van.”
Arcano got to safety in the nick of time. She could have been pinned between the van and her parked car if she didn’t get out of the way.
“I hit the dirt and then I came over to check on injuries,” said Arcano. “Nothing like this has ever happened to me before.”
Arcano and another man helped pull an unconscious driver to safety after smelling gasoline.
The Washington State Patrol in investigating the crash. They say early reports indicate distracted driving is the cause.
The extent of one of the drivers injuries are unknown at this time.
“Antonio DiFranco of Clearwater, Fla., did not stop when traffic in front of his truck got backed up in a construction zone in the eastbound lanes near the junction with U.S. 69. The chain reaction crash left four vehicles destroyed by fire.”
“With everyone being on social media, everyone wanting to text and drive, and then, of course, speeding being one of the number one issues that we see with crashes in the state anyway, it’s just showing us that people really need to change their behavior,” she said.
“The deadly crash prompted provincial police to warn drivers to be extra cautious around the construction zone, but just nine days later, five vehicles were damaged in a “chain-reaction” crash involving three transport trucks.”