Man killed in single-vehicle crash

By Brie Handgraaf

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A Rocky Mount man died Monday night in a one-vehicle wreck on the 300 block of Airport Road.

Rocky Mount police said Haywood Clayton Rogers was driving a 1997 Chevrolet S10 truck when he ran off the roadway. Authorities said Rogers over-corrected and the truck ran off the other side of the roadway before colliding head-on with a ditch. Rogers, 65, was pronounced dead at Nash General Hospital.

Gary Williams was leaving the Rocky Mount Shrine Club when he said he saw Rogers’ wrecked truck just before 8 p.m.

“As I was pulling out I noticed a vehicle in the driveway with its lights on,” Williams said. “As I got closer I saw it looked like it had wrecked, so we called 911.”

Williams said the truck’s airbag had deployed, and Rogers was leaning against the passenger-side window of the truck. He said that Rogers was unresponsive, and he had a friend call 911 again to tell officials the driver had been injured.

“Almost instantly after he hung up the phone, we heard the sirens in the distance,” Williams said. “Then everyone in Rocky Mount — all the firefighters and police — showed up.”

Airport Road was shut down for about an hour while crews investigated the wreck.