DURHAM – Friday morning was a bad time for two people who were injured when a pickup truck going south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 85. As it was going into a wrong direction, it crashed into a tractor-trailer and then hit the side of a cement truck, police said.
Due to the mishap, the interstate was closed for about four hours while police was investigating the area and the emergency crews dealt with diesel that spilled from the tractor-trailer’s fuel tanks and covered the road.
According to the police, the pickup driver and the driver of the cement truck were not seriously injured but sustained only minor injuries. They were immediately delivered to Duke University Hospital for treatment.
The driver of the pickup, identified as Timothy Glover Jr., age 57, resident of Durham was operating the pickup traveling in the wrong way at about 5 a.m. it seemed that he apparently entered onto I-85 at East Club Boulevard, police said.
A report was related to the Police, Durham County sheriff’s deputies and Highway Patrol troopers who started looking for a vehicle reportedly going the wrong way. However, they did not locate it before the collision occurred just north of Cole Mill Road.
The driver of the cement truck, identified as Christopher Devon Foster, age 37, resident of Butner, was hurt. His pickup crashed head-on the tractor-trailer and its back end went up and sideways, hitting the driver’s side of the cement truck, reported the investigators.
Robert Christopher Taylor, 37, of Walnut Cove, who was operator of the tractor-trailer, was not injured, police said.
Police said that Glover’s 2000 Ford Ranger had been traveling on the road for about six miles before the crash.
According to police investigation, there was no indication of alcohol or drug involvement in the crash. They were trying to understand why Glover’s truck wound up on the wrong side of the road.
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