The Highway Patrol is investigating a weather-related traffic fatality in Johnston County. The accident involved two tractor trailers and a pickup truck on Interstate 95.
Around 8:20am Friday, a tractor trailer was traveling southbound on I-95 near the 105 mile marker just south of Kenly when the driver lost control and jackknifed, blocking both southbound lanes of the interstate.
Highway Patrol Sergeant Michael Baker said a pickup truck, also traveling southbound, struck the jackknifed tractor trailer. The driver of another semi, also traveling south, swerved to miss the first wreck by traveling off the shoulder and striking a guardrail.
Sgt. Baker said a male passenger in the pickup truck was killed. The driver of the pickup was transported to Wake Medical Center with serious injuries. The name of the person killed has not been released pending notification of their next of kin.
As of Noon on Friday at least three other weather related traffic fatalities had occurred in the state. Wednesday evening the State Highway Patrol responded to a head-on collision in Wilkes County near North Wilkesboro where one vehicle lost control due to slick conditions and traveled into the path of another vehicle. A Wilkes County man who was a passenger in one of the vehicles succumbed to his injuries. A Forsyth County woman died after losing control of her car on a sleet and snow-covered road and struck another vehicle head on. In Stokes County, a woman died after she lost control of her car on a snow-covered road and ended up in a creek.