Wrecks cause big traffic jam in Havelock

Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 08:08 AM.

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

As police worked to clear that wreck, subsequent crashes happened further west on U.S. 70 between Tucker Creek and MacDonald Downs, the most serious of which happened around 7:15 a.m., involved five cars and sent two people to the hospital. Cyrus said another crashed happened at 7:44 a.m., and he described a third crash as somewhat inconsequential because those vehicles were able to be moved off the road.

Police are still investigating those crashes and have not released the names of the drivers involved or the details surrounding them.

All the crashes caused a large backup of rush-hour traffic on U.S. 70 East for about two hours. At one point, vehicles backed up to near Stately Pines.

The service road in front of the Tucker Creek subdivision also backed up as drivers tried to find a quicker way around the delays on the highway. But those who thought they were in for a shorter ride ran into a slew of vehicles driven by parents who were dropping their children off for classes at Tucker Creek Middle School.

All this occurred as Marines and employees at Cherry Point were returning to work after the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend.

Cyrus said the remaining crash investigations would not be completed until Wednesday.

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