Clayton Police Release Cause Of Fiery Crash

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CLAYTON – Clayton Police released an accident report on Friday, providing details about what caused a fiery two car accident at 5:20pm Wednesday on Highway 42 East at Glen Laurel Road. Three people were sent to the hospital with injuries.

According to the report, Stephen Glen Bailey, 63, of Clayton was traveling eastbound on Highway 42 in a 2019 Ford passenger car. Jessica Budde, 31, of Clayton was traveling westbound on Highway 42 in a 2010 Honda attempting to make a left turn at the intersection.

Police said Bailey’s traffic light was changing from yellow to red as he approached the intersection. Budde began to turn left as all the traffic lights went to red and struck the front of Bailey’s car. The impact caused the Honda to spin around in the roadway. The Ford traveled 100 feet after impact and came to rest off the roadway.

Police said the car caught fire at the moment of impact. Bailey and a 13 year-old passenger were able to escape from the burning car before first responders arrived.

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Bystanders assisted all three victims until first responders arrived. Clayton fire crews extinguished the fire. Johnston County EMS transported all three accident victims to WakeMed in Raleigh.

According to the collision report, there were “conflicting stories given” and no citations have been issued.

The accident caused traffic delays on Highway 42 East and Glen Laurel Road for approximately 90 minutes.

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