Two Injured When SUV Slams Into Tree

Two Smithfield residents were injured when their SUV slammed head on into a tree Monday afternoon.  The single vehicle accident was reported at 2:59pm on Turnage Road between Wilson’s Mills Road and Highway 70.

According to the NC Highway Patrol, Shaniqua Danzell Duff of Smithfield was traveling westbound in a 2013 Hyundai SUV when the vehicle ran off the roadway in a curve and collided head on with a tree approximately 28 feet off the roadway.

Duff and a passenger, Clyde Ward of Smithfield, were transported to Wake Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The accident occurred briefly after a heavy rainstorm moved through the area and the driver may have hydroplaned on the wet pavement.

Trooper D.P. Tucker cited Duff with exceeding a safe speed and driving without a license.   Photos by John Payne