Multiple Accidents in the Same Area Claim Three Lives

By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW

The State Highway Patrol in North Carolina has charged a Professional Driver from Florida on Thursday after he was involved in a fatal crash.  It was a bad day for I-95 in Johnston County, near Smithfield North Carolina, after multiple crashes killed three people. One crash was so bad that workers had to re-pave the road where a rig blew up and burned a hole on the roadway.

According to WRAL.com, there was already one crash when a tractor trailer heading southbound went on to the shoulder near mile marker 90, and overturned causing the driver to be ejected from his rig. That driver, identified as Nenad Sekulic from Tacoma, Washington was airlifted to a Trauma Center, and as of this writing, no charges have been filed against him.

The backup from that accident caused a second collison when a tractor trailer carrying hazardous material, including three oxidizers and a corrosive material, was rear ended by an RV. The trailer exploded on impact. Because of the hazardous material burning, authorities closed several nearby schools and evacuated an area up to 5 miles from the scene.

The driver of the RV was killed in the crash and has not yet been identified.

The driver of the rig finds himself in deep trouble, Eiver Espinosa Rodriquez, 23, from Homestead Florida was driving the rig, registered to EEC Express LLC, and said rig or company was not authorized to carry hazardous chemicals according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association.

About an hour later, a third accident caused two fatalities when a 2010 Kenilworth rear ended a stopped RV and killed two of the three people on board, and sent the third passenger to the hospital. The rig driven by Alex Omar Lopez, 44 of Miami, sent the RV into a third vehicle and then proceeded to hit another vehicle which ended up rear ending a separate tractor trailer.

No injuries were reported in the third vehicle or the trailer.

Killed in the RV were Christopher Michael Porter 36, of Pell City Alabama, and Mitchell Alan Vandenburg, 30 of Loveland Colorado. The third person in the RV, Adam Charles Nurre, 35 of Austin Texas was taken to the hospital with non-life threating injuries.

Lopez was charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and was released on a $5,000 secured bond.

US Road Warriors sends it condolences to the victims and their families and wish those injured a full and quick recovery. 

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