NEW INFO: Pickup Truck Flips; Good Samaritan Injured By Debris

Four people were sent to the hospital in a weather-related accident in Kinston this morning. One of those injured was a good Samaritan who came to help those in the crash.

It happened on North Queen Street in Kinston in front of the Greater Kinston Credit Union.

Police tell us a pickup truck heading north on Queen hit standing water and hydroplaned. The pickup took out a road sign, and another sign at the credit union before flipping over and landing on its side.

Stephanie Murphy and her two children, ages 5 and 7 years old, were inside the pickup truck. Authorities say all three were treated and released from Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

Police also say a woman who came over to help was also sent to the hospital when she tripped over some of the accident debris and broke her ankle.


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  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jun 17, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    I totaled a car 10 years ago because of water sitting in the road. I was in the right hand land and there was a car beside me so I could not change lanes. When I hydoplaned my car turned to the right just enought to cause me to hit the curb at 45 and my car flipped over 3 times. Hydro-planing aint no joke. Once you start unless your car regains traction within a few seconds there is no telling where you will end up.
  • by wet road don't care Location: enc on Jun 17, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    to robert... just for the record.... i had 4 brand new tires on the car, and was on a fairly straight stretch, on a road i dorve every day. as someone else pointed out, contrary to popular belief you don't have to be driving wildly to hydroplane, or wreck. i was going 40 and hit a place where the whole road was covered by anout 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water. you couldn't see it until it was to late.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 17, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    Brother blue you must be really Brother blew cause you are putting the blame on a truck when it could be ANY AUTOMOBILE. I drive a F-150 and have had no problem with the shape form or fashion of my vehicle and no I have not been in any wrecks.
  • by driver Location: greenville on Jun 17, 2009 at 12:33 PM
    I was in Kinston Tuesday afternoon. At the intersection before the Mall on Vernon. I was traveling below the speed limit and a wreck occurred right in front of me. Matter of fact there was one in the other lane going towards hwy 11 the same time. There were many cars involved in this accident. the roads were very wet! I don't think this woman is to blame. Accidents happen!
  • by Anonymous Location: S.C. on Jun 17, 2009 at 11:06 AM
    This happened to be my sister-in law driving that truck along with my two nieces. I'm so glad people aren't quick to pass judgement of those driving in the rain. It could have happened to anyone. I'm sure she had no desire to wreck their only vehicle with her two kids inside.Some people should keep there comments to themselves. And I'm very thankful to the lady who was kind enough to stop and help. I'm sorry she got hurt in the process. Vehicles can be replaced but family members can not. Just think it could have been someone in your family.
  • by inspector Location: enc on Jun 17, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    no the lady was not speeding hydroplans can happen at 25mph with 7"32" tire tread at 1" of standing water. water build up on roads is the main cause. (accident) is what it was. doesn't matter car ,truck , bike.it can happen to you.
  • by for those who bash trucks Location: NC on Jun 17, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    People keep talkinga bout what others drive. I have owned cars, van, and now a truck. It is more practical for me to own a truck. contray to what some of you might think. I am able to take my family places, take trash off, and able to haul things around that won't fit into a car or van. So quit bashing those of us that own trucks. Cars have just as many accidents! It is the drivers not the vehicles! And yes I am a female driver.
  • by M.Moore Location: Kinston on Jun 17, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    For all you people who dont have anything better to do but talk about other people, This lady was not speeding, she was carrying her child to the doctor, and had just left a stop light traveling around 20 mph. The area that she hyroplaned in has always held water and was yesterday. So before you post a comment get your facts right!!!
  • by brother blue Location: G-ville on Jun 17, 2009 at 05:19 AM
    Just by looking at the video of this....the flip was due to the vehicle striking the bank's sign, not by hydro planing alone....the center of gravity is higher on the truck...spinning side ways, into the sign would cause the truck to turn over onto to its side...if the truck rolled you would see the damage on the roof..which is not there....windshield was cut out the get the people out.....again only from the video....and yes you can hydroplane and any speed..factors involve thread depth, tire contact area, and water depth, that is it, nothing about the speed of the spinning tire. Hope this fills in a little information.
  • by Brent Crogrel Location: Chocowinity on Jun 16, 2009 at 09:10 PM
    Unless you have a commercial licence and actual, verifyiable, daily NEED to drive a pick-up, it should be illegal. Also, if your car "hydroplans" at 25 mph, either your car, it's tires, or you as a driver shouldn't be on the roads to begin with. Take a bus.
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