Three North Carolina residents are in the hospital after sustaining injuries from a truck crash that occurred on Sept. 29. Investigators with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said the accident occurred as a car was traveling north on Highway 11, eventually turning left and crossing the path of a truck moving in the opposite direction, causing the vehicles to collide. Police say both drivers were transported to a regional hospital for treatment. The driver of the car and a passenger in the truck were both airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital
Investigators say that while the truck crash victims are expected to recover, the intersection where the accident occurred has recently been plagued by serious accidents. The intersection has been the site of three other severe crashes in the last 18 months. However, police are uncertain of why the accidents are happening. Most of the wrecks occurred during times that typically see light traffic, and nearly all the crashes involved a driver stopping before crossing into another vehicle's path.
A sergeant with the state Highway Patrol said his department has not been able to determine why an inordinate amount of drivers have pulled out in front of oncoming vehicles in high-visibility conditions. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has reportedly done a full inspection of the intersection in question, ultimately determining that there is no need for additional lights, signs or signals.
Officials with the Department of Transportation explained that other intersections in the state see 25 to 30 accidents each year, but the North Carolina Highway Patrol has expressed intent to further investigate the crashes, saying that the severity of the crashes warrants action. Charges have not been filed but are pending the completion of a police investigation.
Source: WNCT, "2 airlifted after Thursday afternoon accident," Kristen Hunter, Sept. 30, 2011