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Chain reaction crash injures three

Published 9:10am Tuesday, March 26, 2013

EURE – Three people were transported to the hospital following four vehicle pile-up near here.

The wreck involving two passenger vehicles and two tractor trailers occurred Friday at approximately 1:50 p.m. on US 13 just south of Tar Heel Barbecue.

According to a report filed by North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Archer, all four vehicles involved were traveling north on US 13.

Three of those vehicles were stopped by a flag man due to utility work being done near the roadway. It was there that a fourth vehicle, a 2000 Freightliner tractor trailer owned by Felton Milteer III and driven by Donna Wellons, 48, of Portsmouth, VA, failed to reduce speed and struck a 2005 Honda driven by Jason Clark, 45, of Woodland.

The collision forced the Honda off the roadway where it hit a ditch and overturned on its roof.

The truck continued and struck a 2012 International tractor trailer owned by Guy Shavender Trucking, Inc. and driven by Claude Fennell, 53, of Aulander.

Fennell’s truck was then forced into a 1997 Oldsmobile driven by George Riddick, 53, of Eure.

Wellons, Clark and Riddick were transported by Gates County EMS to Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

According to a spokesperson with the hospital, both Clark and Riddick were treated and released. The spokesperson added Wellons was transported to a different hospital and was not sure of which medical facility that was.

Wellons was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

  1. skippy1975

    Just like in VA, I believe we need law enforcement monitoring construction areas like this to help prevent situations like this from happening.

    Suggest Removal

  2. skippy1975

    I’m glad that no one was seriously injured in the accident;however,when it comes to road construction drivers need to be very alert. That’s why we have construction signs posted out there.

    Suggest Removal

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