An accident on Interstate 95 resulted in the injury of at least four people, including children, and the deaths of two men. Nine people were involved in the fatal accident, which occurred at about 3 a.m. on March 26 near exit 95 in Smithfield.
According to witnesses, a white 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche was going north when it struck a guardrail, crossed the median and rolled over onto its roof. At some point as the pickup was crossing into the southbound lanes, it became airborne and hit a red 2014 Dodge minivan. The impact with the van tore off the top of the vehicle.
The 32-year-old driver of the minivan and a 35-year-old rear passenger were killed in the accident. A 40-year-old passenger was injured and treated at the hospital. A woman and child who were ejected from the Avalanche were flown to WakeMed Hospital. The two other children and at least one other adult in the truck were also injured and transported to the hospital.
The accident sent debris, including a car seat and luggage, across the road. It took emergency responders several hours to investigate and clean the wreckage before reopening the southbound lanes. Police do not believe that alcohol or speed contributed to the fatal accident,, and they are still investigating the cause.
If the Avalanche driver is at fault for this accident, the injured minivan passenger could file a personal injury claim and the survivors of the deceased men could file wrongful death claims. Personal injury compensation may pay for the man's medical costs and lost wages. Wrongful death compensation may pay for the funeral expenses and lost income.
Source: WNCN, 'Names of I-95 crash victims in Johnston Co. released," March 27, 2014
Source: WTVD-TV, "Double fatal crash shuts down Interstate 95", March 26, 2014