Gunfire Erupts On Interstate 40

The drivers of two vehicles traveling on Interstate 40 near Benson exchanged gunfire during a weekend road rage incident.

WTSB News and has learned the shooting occurred around 9:40am Saturday in the eastbound lanes of I-40 as the drivers approached I-95.

Witnesses reported that the operator of a Chevy Corvette was traveling approximately 70 mph in the left lane of I-40 and refused to allow a red truck to pass. Witnesses said the driver of the truck became aggressive and got within inches of the Corvettes rear bumper. Eventually the truck was able to pass the car, but while doing so the truck driver threw a Gatorade bottle out the window striking the Corvette.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the Corvette was armed with a handgun and allegedly shot his weapon three times towards the truck, firing the gun through the windshield of his own car. The driver of the truck reportedly fired back at the Corvette.

The driver of the Corvette and the witness stopped near Benson and called 911. The driver of the truck drove into Cumberland County where he reported the incident.

No injuries were reported.

Authorities said they recovered handguns and bullets from both drivers.

Sheriff’s detectives are still investigating the incident.


  1. It would be interesting to see how often people who do not move into the right lane to let faster traffic pass are cited for that violation.

  2. The driver of the truck pointed his firearm after throwing the Gatorade bottle at the Corvette. The driver of the Corvette in self defense fired three rounds out his own windshield. Road rage+firearm+showing off for your girlfriend= complete dumb dumb. Think before brandishing your firearm for a stupid reason you never know what waiting on you if you do.

      • You got to do what you got to do. Point a fire arm at me you better use it. I’m goin to use mine.

        • It’s pretty obvious that you Sir are the driver of the corvette since the article above says nothing about this guy’s girlfriend being in the car. Maybe next time you’re driving down the interstate and a vehicle tries to pass you, you should move over instead of opening fire on the highway putting everyone’s life in danger, even your own seeing how the other driver reportedly fired back. Move over for faster traffic it”s the law. You should’ve been arrested. Left lane is for Passing, not showing off. Get over yourself.

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