On the morning of July 9, a tractor-trailer driver suffered personal injuries and was pinned in his truck after it jackknifed in the median of Interstate 95.


Trooper J.D. Brewington said that the accident occurred shortly before 5 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-95 approximately a mile south of Cedar Creek Road.


Witnesses say the truck was not speeding, but suddenly veered to the left side of the road and into the wooded median, according to Brewington. The truck struck multiple trees, causing it to jackknife and pinning the driver, 54-year-old Goldsboro resident James Henry Persons.


Vander Fire Department Assistant Chief Richard Bradshaw said members of the Vander, Eastover, and Cotton fire departments worked for nearly 25 minutes to free Persons. He received transport to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with injuries not considered to be life-threatening and is listed in stable condition.


Brewington said that Persons was issued a citation for a safe movement violation.

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