Jacksonville Police say at 3:41 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a report of a multiple vehicle crash at Western Boulevard and Memorial Drive. Police say a FedEx driver, Stephen Thorne of Jacksonville, was ejected from his vehicle when a pickup truck driver ran a red light and collided with the FedEx vehicle. The Fed Ex vehicle continued down the road without a driver and hit several other vehicles. Thorne was listed in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center Wednesday morning.
Police say seven vehicles in all were involved and the FedEx drive suffered serious injuries. Police say a 2009 Ford pickup truck, driven by 29-year-old Jose Castillo-Antigo of Selma failed to stop at the red light on Western Boulevard and hit the FedEx delivery truck leaving the Jacksonville Mall. Investigators say Thorne was ejected out of the FedEx vehicle.
Police say the pickup continued straight and hit a 2007 GMC Yukon, driven by 41-year-old Crystal Williams of Jacksonville, who was stopped at the stop light on Memorial Drive.
Police say the FedEx vehicle kept rolling down the road with no driver striking a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze operated by 28-year-old Latoya Graham of Kenansville on Memorial Drive. Officers say the FedEx vehicle then hit a 2002 Suzuki car driven by 71-year-old Frank Boylan of Stella, and the Suzuki moved backward hitting a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 53-year-old Suzette Washington of Beaufort.
Police say the FedEx vehicle then continued across Western Boulevard and hit a 2008 Mack Truck owned by Morton Trucking, Inc. driven by 61-year-old Donald Burwell where it came to a final rest.
Thorne, driver of the Fed Ex truck was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, stabilized, and then transported to Vidant Hospital via the Pedro helicopter. The other victims involved were evaluated at the scene and released.
The driver of the pickup, Castillo-Antigo, was cited for red light violation and reckless driving.
Jacksonville Public Safety officials closed the roadway from Huff Drive to Country Club Road for approximately two hours.
Drivers were told to avoid part of a busy Jacksonville street that was shut down because of multiple accidents.
Police closed Western Boulevard, from Huff Drive to Country Club Road, for almost two hours Tuesday afternoon.
There were at least three different accidents in front of Onslow Memorial Hospital. One involved a dump truck and a FedEx truck. The other two involved passenger vehicles.
The street reopened to traffic just before 6:00 p.m. There is no word on the extent of injuries, or what caused the accidents.