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At least one killed, four injured in two multi-car wrecks on U.S. 64

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Traffic is backed up Wednesday evening following two traffic accidents near the Momeyer exit on U.S. 64.

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From Staff Reports

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

At least one person is dead following a pair of wrecks Wednesday evening in Nash County.

Nash County Communications received the report of the wrecks at 5:38 p.m. A news release posted to the Nash County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page stated the agency responded to the incident on the eastbound lanes of U.S. 64 near the Momeyer exit. The Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Nash Emergency Services, Spring Hope Fire Department and Momeyer Volunteer Fire & Rescue also responded to the wrecks, according to a Nash County Communications official.

N.C. Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Jimmie Silver said at least one fatality has been confirmed in one of the incidents, which happened under the overpass of Old Franklin Road. Witnesses said one of the wrecks involved at least five separate vehicles and the other involved anywhere from three to four vehicles.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone confirmed the single fatality, adding the victim’s next of kin had not been notified at presstime, so the victim’s name would not be released. Stone said the fatal wreck was set off when one car failed to slow for another vehicle, setting off a chain reaction. He did not comment on what set off the second wreck.

Along with the one confirmed fatality, at least four other victims were reportedly transported to Nash UNC Health Care for treatment. None of the victims’ identities were available at presstime. Law enforcement officers were diverting traffic to the Spring Hope exit following the accidents.

No information was available at presstime about the exact cause of either wreck.

Wednesday’s wreck comes one week after a wreck in Edgecombe County claimed the life of Tarboro resident Koshala Sheniqun Hyman and sent her husband Kristopher Onell Hyman to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. That wreck happened when a trailer being pulled by an Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office truck came loose from the truck and hit the Hymans’ car. The trailer was carrying an impounded car when it came loose from the truck.

What caused the trailer to come loose is still not known. Silver said in a recent interview that the investigation into the wreck would not be completed until at least Friday. Hospital officials said Monday that their records did not list Kristopher Onell Hyman and would not elaborate if that meant he was discharged or if he succumbed to his injuries.

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