Police cited speed as a factor in a four-vehicle wreck outside Rockfish Elementary School in Hope Mills on the afternoon of January 14 in which five people went to the hospital for the personal injuries they sustained.


According to Hope Mills police Lt. David Servie, five people, including two children, were injured in the accident, which took place around 3 p.m. None of the injuries were considered to be serious. All received ambulance transport to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.


Servie said that a gold Chevrolet pickup truck failed to yield for the vehicles ahead and struck a white Ford Explorer from behind, causing the Explorer to hit a blue Pontiac, which then struck a black Ford F-150.


According to Mareia Shane, a crossing guard for the school, the Chevrolet failed to yield for her stop sign on Rockfish Road and rear-ended several vehicles that had stopped.


Shane said that some children had just crossed the road and she had traffic stopped in order to allow vehicles out of the school parking lot. The injuries were all to occupants of the vehicles involved.


Servie said the driver of the Chevrolet, whose identity was not immediately made available, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and reckless driving.

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