Durham police said that a man who stopped to help after a wreck on Interstate 40 suffered serious personal injuries when he was struck by another vehicle on the morning of March 19.
In the first crash, which took place at approximately 4 a.m., a car and a truck were involved. That crash took place in the left eastbound lanes of I-40 near the Interstate 540 exit, close to the Durham-Wake county line.
Witnesses say a man driving a WCA Waste Corporation truck stopped and exited the vehicle. He was indentified by WCA representatives as Chris Crowell. As he walked along the highway, he was struck by a car driven by Howard.
According to police, Crowell was taken to Duke University Hospital with injuries including a broken leg and severe internal bleeding. He underwent surgery at the hospital and as of that same afternoon, he was listed in critical condition.
Another person suffered injuries in the initial wreck. The unidentified person was taken to an area hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
There have been 73 collisions involving people who stopped to help after a wreck occurred in the state of North Carolina, resulting in 21 deaths, according to the state Department of Transportation.