Fatal Accident Involving Semi and Mower in Cumberland County


An Erwin man lost his life in Cumberland County this morning while on the job.


John Glenn McLean, 47, was operating a mower in the median of Interstate 95. McLean was employed by Martin Edwards & Associates which contracts with the Department of Transportation.


Before striking the mower, the tractor-trailer hit two safety vehicles with flashing warning arrows and went just left of a third one.


According to N.C. Highway Patrolman, Greg Steffens, the accident occurred just after 11:30 a.m.


McLean’s son and brother were working with him.


The semi driver, Luis Valdez, 65, of Lehigh Acres, Fl., sustained minor injuries.


Valdez was driving for Marlu Transportation Services.


Investigation is underway to discover what caused the truck to run off the road.


The left lane of northbound traffic at the U.S. Highway 13 / Newton Grove (Exit 58) was closed until around 3:00 p.m.

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