HWY 57 Reopens in Orange County After Wreck

***UPDATE: DOT maps show that the wreck has been cleared up and the road has reopened in both direction.***

Highway 57 is closed in both directions on Thursday due to a vehicle wreck in northern Orange County.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation tweeted that the wreck had closed the road near Kiger Road just before one o’clock Thursday afternoon.

Officials have not said how long they anticipate they expect the road to be closed.

There is no word on the severity of the wreck.


One Killed in Fiery Wreck on Highway 86 in Cedar Grove

The driver of a tractor-trailer carrying propane was killed in a wreck in northern Orange County just after 6:30 this morning.

All northbound lanes of NC 86 near Cedar Grove were closed after the wreck at the intersection of NC 86 and Sawmill Road.

State Troopers say a preliminary investigation shows a 2007 Chevrolet sedan was traveling west on Sawmill Road toward NC 86 in Cedar Grove when it failed to stop at a stop sign and traveled into the intersection, striking the right side of the tractor trailer.

The tractor trailer then overturned and caught on fire, according to law enforcement. The sedan came to rest in a near-by yard.

The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel.

The driver of the sedan was taken to Duke Hospital with serious injuries, according to authorities.

This story will continue to be updated as more information is made available.


QVC Truck Hits Power Line in Chapel Hill

***UPDATE: Chapel Hill Police say all lanes of MLK opened as of 12:45 Tuesday morning.***

Traffic was brought to a halt on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard on Monday just after noon after a QVC truck struck a power line.


Crews worked to clear the roadways and bring traffic back to its normal pace after the 13′ 6″ truck had clipped the power lines and brought them down across the entire four-lane roadway near Stateside Drive.

The truck driver and officials with the Chapel Hill Police Department say the trucks have used MLK dozens of times over the past few days with no incidents.

QVC is setting up to film a live broadcast from Chapel Hill on Wednesday.

Power Line

Chapel Hill Police said it was too early Monday afternoon to know if charges would be brought on anyone.

Debris from the power line struck a passing vehicle.

No injuries were reported in the accident.

Three of the four lanes on MLK are open as of Monday afternoon.


Hillsborough Mother Charged with Leaving Infant Behind After Wreck

A Hillsborough woman is facing felony charges after fleeing the scene of an accident and leaving her 15-month old child strapped in the back seat.

27-year-old Tiffany Utsman made her first court appearance on Friday afternoon facing charges of felony negligent child abuse causing serious physical injury, felony hit and run involving injury, and Driving While Impaired.

Court records show the wreck happened around seven o’clock Thursday evening on Ben Johnson Road, in Hillsborough, near Utsman’s home. Utsman allegedly hit a tree causing the vehicle to flip, at which point she fled the scene on foot – leaving her toddler behind in the vehicle. Utsman allegedly ran down portions of railroad tracks before she was ultimately found in a resident’s bathroom – no word at this time on how she ended up in the bathroom.

Utsman is being held on a $20,000 bond and has a court date scheduled for August 17.


1 killed, others hurt in pair of I-85 wrecks

One person has died and at least seven other people were hurt in a pair of wrecks on Interstate 85 near Mebane.

Mebane Mayor Glendel Stephenson told WXII-TV that the first wreck happened early Wednesday when the fire chief and an engine were at the scene of a wreck when a woman hit the fire chief’s vehicle.

The woman died in the crash. Her name has not been released.

Fire Chief Bob Lewis was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to that wreck and a trooper’s SUV was hit by a bus carrying about 40 passengers.

The trooper was also taken to the hospital.


Roads Reopen After Tractor Trailer Wreck Shut Down Hwy 70 Near Hillsborough

Roads have reopened after a major wreck involving a tractor trailer shut down one lane of Interstate 85 North and all lanes of U.S. Highway 70 east of Hillsborough in Orange County.

The truck lost control near an overpass shortly before 9 a.m. on Friday.

According to the State Highway Patrol, the truck’s breaks locked up causing the vehicle swerve to the left, striking the guardrail on I-85 at the US 70 overpass.

The truck rolled over the guardrail and down the embankment, striking the bridge along the way. The driver, Marco Myrick, was pinned inside the cab. He was transported to Duke Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He’s been charged with failure to maintain lane control.

A temporary guard rail has been put in place until crews can fully repair the bridge. All lanes were reopened by noon.


NC Teenager Killed, Passenger Hurt In Car Crash

MEBANE – The N.C. Highway Patrol says a 16-year-old boy is dead after the car he was driving struck a rock wall and overturned.

The Times-News of Burlington reports the patrol says Desmond Piccini of Mebane was driving a car in Orange County when the vehicle crossed the center line, struck a rock wall and came to rest on the hood.

A passenger, 16-year-old McCray Williams of Graham received minor injuries in Wednesday’s accident and was transported to Duke University Hospital. He was released later in the evening.

Officials believe speed was a factor, though an investigation into the accident is continuing.

Both Piccini and Williams were identified as junior at Eastern Alamance High School.


Motorcycle Accident Kills 26-Year-Old Driver Saturday Morning

The Chapel Hill Police Department reports that a motorcycle accident at 6:35 a.m. Saturday resulted in the death of the vehicle’s 26-year-old driver.

Sergio Acero was driving on Estes Drive Extension when his motorcycle crashed near Seawell School Road. He was transported to UNC Hospitals were he later died.

The CHPD is investigating the cause of the accident.


Northeast End Of Franklin Street Takes Three Cars Over The Weekend

It took Pike Electric more than eight hours to replace the power pole that was struck Friday.

CHAPEL HILL – Franklin Street’s worst driving corner took three vehicles as victims in less than 36 hours this weekend shutting down the north east end of the road twice.

Chapel Hill Police Sgt. Josh Mecimore says Friday afternoon’s incident involved a single car that veered off the road and struck a power pole.

“Ann Heinz has been charged with two charges: driving while impaired (and) careless and reckless driving,” Sgt. Mecimore says. “The driving while impaired is a blood test, so we won’t have the actual alcohol level (results) back for some time.”

The vehicle was reportedly traveling southwest on Franklin approximately 50 miles per hour in the 35 mile-per-hour zone.

Once she’s charged, Heinz will lose her license for 30 days. She will then have to appear in court and could face up to another year of her license revoked if convicted. The reckless driving charge carries a penalty less than one year in jail, but Sgt. Mecimore says offenders don’t often get that harsh a punishment.

Heinz was transported to UNC Hospitals with minor injuries.

Thirty-three and a half hours later, a car traveling in the opposite direction had a similar problem, but this time with no alcohol as the cause.

“A car heading toward Durham crossed the center line in the curve there, into oncoming traffic, and then struck another vehicle head-on,” Sgt. Mecimore says. “So, I guess in this situation the difference was there was another vehicle there.”

In that accident, Ciarra Roberts was charged with failure to maintain lane control. That infraction is an offense which can be waived by just paying the fine.

Two of the four people from Roberts’ vehicle—not including Roberts herself—were transported to UNC Hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the other car was the lone occupant and was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.


Alcohol Possible Factor In Franklin St. Wreck

CHAPEL HILL – Investigations are ongoing, but alcohol and high speeds may have been the cause of Friday’s car wreck on East Franklin Street near Boundary Street. The incident resulted in a snapped telephone pole and the closure of the west end of Franklin Street for many hours.

The watch commander on duty Friday night could not confirm that an impaired driving, driving while intoxicated charge against Ann McCardle Heinz was in connection with the incident. However, the police bulletin reports the charge being cited at the intersection of Franklin and Boundary, where the incident took place.

Pike Electric crews were on the scene until just before 11:00 p.m. installing a new pole. Areas of Franklin near where the incident took place were closed until the installation was complete.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to UNC Hospitals with minor injuries.