SMITHFIELD – A tow truck driver was seriously hurt in a traffic accident Saturday night near Smithfield. The crash was reported at 9:30 pm at the intersection of Short Journey Road and Swift Creek Road near the Johnston County Airport.
The State Highway Patrol said David Anthony Byrd III, 22, of Selma was operating a 2018 Ram wrecker on Short Journey Road. The commercial vehicle failed to stop for a stop sign at Swift Creek Road. The tow truck traveled through the t-intersection and slammed into a group of trees, trapping Byrd inside the cab.
Byrd was rushed by Johnston County EMS to Wake Med with serious injuries.
Troopers said Byrd was traveling at the posted speed of 55 mph on Short Journey Road prior to the crash. He was traveling at an estimated 50 mph at the time the wrecker impacted the trees, according to an accident report.
Trooper D.K. Douglas cited Byrd for driving while impaired.