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NEW INFO: Elderly Driver Facing Charge In Work Zone Accident

An elderly driver will be charged in a Wednesday morning accident that injured a flagman in a construction zone.

State troopers say 91-year-old Matthew Carpenter of Sneads Ferry will be charged with failure to reduce speed. The Highway Patrol says the man hasn't been served yet.

Carpenter was traveling on U.S. 17 in Jones County when witnesses say he struck Ervin Herring of New Bern who was directing traffic.

Herring was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where at last check he was listed in stable condition.


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The Highway Patrol says Ervin Herring of New Bern was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital with serious injuries after the accident on U.S. 17 in Jones County.

Troopers say charges are still pending against 91-year-old Matthew Carpenter of Sneads Ferry.

Witnesses told troopers that Herring was thrown into the air by the accident. They say Carpenter swerved his pickup to avoid the flagman who was struck on the right side of the truck.

The accident happened around 10:05 a.m. on the U.S. 17 bypass project. The man injured was a contract worker, not a DOT employee.

Officials want to remind drivers to slow down especially in a work zone.

Residents who live nearby say this area is prone to accidents.


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Troopers say charges are pending against the driver of a vehicle that struck a construction worker in Jones County.

Authorities say the worker was struck while flagging traffic on Highway 17 in Jones County.

Neil Lassiter, an NC DOT division engineer, said a flag man on the Highway 17 bypass project was struck by a vehicle.

He said the flag man is a contract worker, not an NC DOT worker.

The worker was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.


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