Semi Overturns On I-95 Near Smithfield

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Photo courtesy John Payne

Southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Johnston County backed up for several miles Wednesday after a tractor trailer overturned just south of Smithfield.

The accident happened around 9am, forcing drivers to detour off I-95 at Brogden Road (Exit 93) and then onto US301 South.

The driver, Martin Wygonik, 55, of Waynesburg, PA lost control of his 2015 Frieghtliner truck and trailer, which struck a guard rail at the Neuse River Bridge before overturning down an embankment.

Wygonik was not injured. However his wife, Crystal Wygonki, 57, a passenger sustained minor injuries.

Mr. Wygonik was charged with failure to maintain lane control. Damage to the NC DOT guardrail was estimated at $60,000. 

The truck was reportedly transporting packages for FedEx to a terminal in Florida.

The Smithfield Police Department, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, NC Highway Patrol, and NC Department of Transportation assisted with traffic control. 

The interstate reopened just around 2pm

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Photo courtesy John Payne