FedEx Driver Killed in Vehicle Crash in New Hanover County, North Carolina
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC. – According to an online news report published by wmbfnews.com, a FedEx driver was killed in a vehicle crash that occurred in New Hanover County, North Carolina. The FedEx truck reportedly caught on fire after the crash. The driver has been identified by the North Carolina State Highway Patrolled.*
The crash took place in the morning on March 7 on Interstate 40 in New Hanover County. At approximately 9:30 a.m. that day, a FedEx truck was traveling west on I-40 and approached slowed traffic near mile marker 414 and the exit to Holly Shelter Road in Castle Hayne, North Carolina. Traffic was reportedly slowed or stopped due to an earlier accident in the area.
It appears from the WMBF article and information from North Carolina Highway Patrol that the FedEx driver did not slow in time and crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer was forced forward after impact and struck two other vehicles. The FedEx truck then ignited, according to responding officials.
WMBF and Troopers report that the driver of the FedEx truck sustained critical injuries in the accident and did not survive. North Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers identified him as a 35-year-old man from Red Springs, North Carolina.
The report from WMBF did not say whether anyone else was injured in the accident. Descriptions of the other vehicles involved were not reported. The westbound lanes of the interstate were closed for several hours after the crash, finally reopening at about 1:15 p.m. Troopers are still investigating the cause of the collision.
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