At least four wrecks within three miles of one another on Interstate 40 have resulted in six people suffering personal injuries on March 1.


According to Sgt. Jorge Brewer of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the initial, chain-reaction crash began with a two-vehicle collision near exit 284 to Airport Boulevard at about 8:45 a.m.


Brewer said that as traffic began backing up, a tractor-trailer struck a Honda Accord and a Saturn sedan stopped near exit 287 to Harrison Avenue in the rear. The impact caused the Saturn to spin around and strike a Toyota Camry, which then collided with an Audi and a Nissan.


Another crash took place approximately an hour later on I-40 East between Airport Boulevard and Aviation Parkway.


The Honda’s driver, 43-year-old Raleigh resident Gerald Ried, received transport to Duke Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.


The tractor-trailer’s driver, 43-year-old Roseboro resident Thomas Harris, the Saturn’s driver, 39-year-old Raleigh resident Karen Jensen, the Camry’s driver, 60-year-old Raleigh resident Phyllis Burt, the Audi’s driver, Raleigh resident David Coker, and the Nissan’s driver, 32-year-old Raleigh resident Ronbatius Dean, all suffered minor injuries.

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