Highway 17 Fatal Accident Has Many Questioning Safety Of Road

A deadly wreck Friday has spurred debate over the potential dangers of heavily traveled two lane highways.

Plans to widen Highway 17 in Craven County are already underway, but a crash Friday afternoon involving a log truck that killed an 85 year old man has many we spoke with asking them to speed things up.

Troopers with the State Highway Patrol say that despite the available room for correcting a vehicle, two lane roads are not generally more dangerous when compared to four or six lane roads.

85 year old Laster Baker was killed Friday when troopers say a log truck slammed into his car as he backed out of his driveway onto US 17.

Troopers say while fatal wrecks are certainly tragedies, they come down to driver error and many times complacency.

22 fatal wrecks were recorded in 2009 in Craven County, 3 were on Highway 17.

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An elderly Craven County man was killed after troopers say he pulled out of his driveway in the path on an oncoming log truck.

It happened around 3:00 p.m. on Highway 17, near the intersection of Weyerhauerser Road.

Dead is 85-year-old Laster Baker.

Highway 17 was closed for almost three hours because of the crash as crews worked to unload logs from the truck so it could be moved.

Troopers say the log truck driver received minor injuries. They say the log truck driver tried to avoid the crash and his rig ended up hitting a tree.


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The Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident in Craven County that has closed Highway 17.

The crash involved a passenger vehicle and a log truck and happened at the intersection of Weyerhaeuser Road.

The driver of the passenger car was killed. It appears the log truck struck the car at the driver's door.

There is no word on just how long the highway will remain closed.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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