Havelock police release more details on series of crashes

Tuesday wreck

Havelock police investigate a crash Tuesday morning on U.S. 70 between Tucker Creek and MacDonald Downs.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 05:17 PM.

U.S. 70 was more parking lot than highway for about two hours Tuesday morning in western Havelock after a series of four crashes sent three people to the hospital and caused a massive rush-hour traffic jam.

“Seven o’clock in the morning in that area is always heavily traveled,” Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said of U.S. 70. “There’s always a lot of traffic there.”

 “It’s a matter of being cautious as operators and of being aware of what’s going on around them,” Cyrus said. “There were several factors that were the likely cause of all four of the accidents. You get those who likely want to see what’s going on and they fail to pay attention. Until we get the full report on those other crashes, we just don’t know.”

The first crash happened on U.S. 70 at the Walmart traffic signal shortly before 7 a.m. Cyrus said Jerry Warren, 43, of Pikeville, was driving a tractor trailer east when the light turned yellow. Cyrus said Warren explained that he was not able to stop in time because of the speed and weight of the truck.

Cyrus said Warren collided with Travis Lewis Jr., 52, of New Bern, who was attempting to pull his 2003 Ford from the service road onto U.S. 70. Cyrus said Lewis indicated that his traffic signal had turned green, and a pair of witnesses gave conflicting accounts as to the status of the light at the time of the crash.

Lewis was transported to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern where he was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Cyrus said police were investigating and no charges have yet to be filed.

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