Wheel From Tractor Trailer Strikes SUV Windshield, Seriously Injuring Driver

Traffic was heavily congested on Interstate 95 Tuesday afternoon, after a southbound tractor trailer lost a wheel-and-tire assembly which bounced over the center median cables and slammed into the windshield of a northbound SUV.  The driver of the SUV was seriously injured and transported to Wake Med.

The tractor trailer driver drove another 5 miles, unaware of what had happened, before being stopped.

The Four Oaks Fire Department responded and immediately stopped all I-95 northbound traffic.

Witnesses said it appeared that the lug bolts sheared off, allowing the two-piece wheel assembly to become separated from the trailer.  The NC Highway Patrol is investigating.


Photos by John Payne