Truck Flips; Second Vehicle Lands On Top In Highway 264 Crash

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

All lanes of Highway 264 in Pitt County are re-opened after an accident sent rescue crews scrambling from two counties.

The highway was closed for more than an hour from Old Washington Road to Grimesland Bridge Road.

Troopers say a pickup truck pulled out from Grimesland Bridge Road and was hit by an SUV traveling east on 264.

The wreck happened shortly before 12:30 p.m.

Troopers say the pickup flipped over and landed in the median while the SUV landed on top. There is no traffic light at the intersection, just a stop sign for traffic on the side road.

The driver of the pickup truck was trapped inside for almost 45 minutes.

Three people were taken to local hospitals.

Troopers have identified the pick up truck driver as 60 year old Jesse Daniels of Greenville, authorities say he was pretty bruised up but his injuries are non life threatening. The other two victims were not seriously injured either.

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  • by anon Location: wallace on May 18, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    the group ALABAMA sang a song that said it all. it was called . i'm in a hurry and don't know why. rush and rush till life's no fun. all i gotta do is live and die but i'm in a hurry and don't know why?
  • by Me Location: Washington on May 18, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    That is a bad intersection. Several years ago, someone got killed not paying attention to the stop sign at the end of Grimesland Bridge Road. Very bad scene. A light should be put there. But I guess transportation will have to make that decision.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pitt County on May 13, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    Once again people are assuming they've never done anything wrong and are blaming all of their problems on the law. Law enforcement are not magicians people! I know this because I am in this line of work. Did you know that there are generally only 2-3 troopers working during dayshift in Pitt county? They are not omnipresent folks! It's kind of hard for them to catch every one doing wrong because they spend the majority of their day investigating accidents such as this one or better yet, responding to your calls about someone littering or the SUV that cut you off 2 hours ago which you don't have a license plate number for and can't remember what road it was on! Each driver has to take responsibility for their actions. Cops can't fix everything, but they do marginally disrupt the flow of lawbreakers on this highway.
  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville on May 13, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    How can some turn anythign and everythign into something negative. So soneone made a bad judgment call. People do it everyday. It was nothing done intentional. I'm sure if the shoe was on the other foot we wouldn't all be saying we need to limit driver's licenses and blah, blah, blah. By the way, aren't pretty much ALL intersections deadly to a certain degree. Traffic crossing in front of other traffic is always going to be sketchy.
  • by concern citizen Location: Grimesland on May 13, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    I travel Grimesland bridge road a lot. I think that the state really need to put a stop light at the intersection of Grimesland Bridge rd and HWY 264. Put the same type of light like the one located at Clark Neck and 264. I don't see why it can't be done. When a light goes up, People traveling on 264 will just have to slow down for the light. my prayers are with everyone that were involved in the accident. great job done by the firefighers that respond.
  • by mom Location: pitt co on May 13, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    Scooter who said, 'The problem is they give out far too many drivers' licenses.' This is right. Maybe we should start suing highway patrol officers for letting people get licenses who can't read, write, or speak English. . .and fail to prove themselves competent to drive a dangerous weapon.
  • by WOW Location: Greenville on May 13, 2009 at 08:46 AM
    Bud, you sound angry...calm down man! You CAN get pulled for going 1 mph over the speed limit and that IS considered speeding...although most officers dont/wont pull them, they can legally stop/ticket them! We have WAY too many inconsiderate drivers on our roads as well as those who suffer road rage! Maybe what 264 needs is constant patroling to stop the speeding since noone seems to think a stop light would work. I lived in Grimesland for 5 yrs & had to tackle that intersection every single morning. It wasnt safe in 1996 and it still isnt safe in 2009.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on May 13, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    Well pardon me, I typed the wrong word, crucify me and burn me at the stake. Gee wiz. My point was, which is validated actually by Beafortcoguy (yes he spelled it wrong, are you going to criticize him too?), that people turn out into oncoming traffic when they need to just wait, AND that when they DO turn they move 3 mph and nearly wreck everybody still. Just because there are 17 cars behind you doesn't mean you need to pull out as soon as you see a 10 foot gap between oncoming cars. And I said 60 mph earlier because everybody goes 5 mph over the 55 mph limit, so no that is not speeding because it's commonplace and nobody gets pulled for that. However, you can go 65 and pass State Troopers and not get pulled; I see people doing that all the time and I can't believe they get away with it. The issue is not speeding, but slow turning drivers! If you're gonna go, go already! And try and get up to speed so the other drivers don't have to slam on their brakes when you cut them off!
  • by BJ Location: Washington on May 13, 2009 at 03:43 AM
    If the company who got the contract to do the work on the Clarks Neck Bridge would work and finish the project that has taken almost a year (closed Sept 2 08)to do instead of just standing or sitting around on buckets or not showing up at all this would definately help the situation. A lot of traffic is having to use this intersection. I'm really surprised there have not been more accidents. Hopefully they will be finished with this little creek bridge before 2010 and less traffic will be seen at this intersection. Some days traffic is lined up almost a half mile on Grimeland Bridge Road trying to cross over to 264. Bridge people should see this problem also.
  • by lyn Location: martin county on May 13, 2009 at 03:02 AM
    My husband drives for a living and you would not beleive sme of the things he tells me he sees on the highway. The best statement I have read is the one "they give out too many license". A good third of the drivers do not need to be on the highway. They are not aware of traffic, road conditions, nor the laws governing the priviledge of driving. It is not a RIGHT everyone has. How can you expect drivers to be courteous when they are not courteous in life. The attitude seems to be 'I can go as fast as I want, go where I want, and if you do not like it, get off the highway'. If you are a driver, start being courteous to other drivers, slow down to no more than 5 miles over posted speed, OBEY posted signs for stopping, but most important whatch out for the idiot behind the wheel who thinks the highway is their own private raceway.
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