Closed Lane Of Highway 70 West In Kinston To Reopen

The DOT says it is still on target to finish work on a guardrail in Kinston Friday.

A tractor trailer wreck on Tuesday forced crews to close both westbound lanes of the Highway 70 bridge over the Neuse River. One lane reopened shortly after the accident. The lane is expected to remain close until Friday at 5 p.m.

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A driver for a Phoenix trucking company has been charged after this morning's accident which partially closed down U.S. 70 this morning.

The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. on the bridge over the Neuse River in Kinston. Both westbound lanes were closed due to the accident, but one has since reopened.

Kinston police say Allen McCreary was charged with improper lane
change after the crash. McCreary was hauling a load of appliances from New Bern to Arizona when police say he tried to make a lane change and clipped the rear end of another vehicle.

The driver and passenger in that car were treated and released from Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

The DOT says the accident damaged to the bridge's guardrail on the right side of the bridge. A 40 foot section of the concrete guardrail was taken out by the crash. The DOT expects one lane of the span to be closed through Friday for repairs.

Until then the westbound lanes will be limited to just one lane.

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  • by Cletus Location: New Bern on Oct 26, 2011 at 07:20 AM
    The driver told me that the car was attempting to pass him on the right and ran out of room on the tail of another car and then tried to squeeze into his lane on his right side. That is when he tagged the car. Why doesn't the news media get things straight. The driver of the car was also charged. It will be interesting to see how this plays out when it goes to court.
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      by Shine on Oct 27, 2011 at 05:36 AM in reply to Cletus
      Cletus, I figurred it was something like that. Had a car do the exact same thing to me is SC once. Squeezed in and slammed on brakes 100fr. afterwards at a yellow light - 50 mph.speed zone. I couldn't move to the rt. lane because of traffic --------sooo I knocked her through the intersection. Had it not been that an eyewitness stopped - the officer would have given me the ticket, instead they charged her with illegal passing, failure to yield, and safe movement vionlation..... She wen histerical and they threated to arrest her.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Oct 25, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    Ok this may be speculative..... My guess in the over 1 MILLION miles I have driven and the thing that I have seen .......... Truck passed on the left..... car on the right sped up because they had a distance of 80 plus ft. ........... truck turns on blinker to enter rt. lane Car which couldn't wait ran into a blindspot or just simply would not let the truck return to the rt. lane. Ok...... Alot of traffic = I can tell you from driving a 4 wheeled vehicle, 10 wheeled vehicle, and 18 wheeled vehicle for 40 yrs. across the US.... Probably was not the truck drivers fault although they (WE) are the one's that are charged. You folks think you can take a 2500-3000 lb. vehicle and run the road........... when someone that drives an 80,000 vehicle is supposed to compensate your STUPIDY!!!!!!! That guy drives for a living and all you do is GO TO THE BEACH, FAMILY REUNION, WALMART, WORK AND HOME. DAG !!!!! Get your life together and quit trying to get across town like your have to be FIRST! AND YES, i YELLED - AND IF YOU HAVE SEEN THE THINGS I HAVE SEEN YOU WOULD BE YELLING TOO!!!!!!
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      by Bloke on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:55 AM in reply to Shine
      Truck drivers don't own the road either. They have less respect on the road than any one. They aren't the only ones who use the raods to make a living. They should be required to stay in the right lane at all times. I can't tell you how many times in my commute from New Bern to Kinston they will switch lanes right in front of me for no reason. There is no courtesy on the road anymore. From truckers or other commuters.
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        by truckers wife on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:18 AM in reply to Bloke
        my husband drives an 18 wheeler everyday and believe me there are people out there that have no respect for him with 80,000 lbs of logs on his trailer. they will pull right out in front of him just to go one block or less and make a right turn causing him to try and stop immediatlely . these trucks loades can't stop on a dime. have respect and don't pull out in fron of these trucks when you see them coming. that one minute trying to get to your destination could save your life and someone elses.
  • by Interested Bystander Location: Kinston on Oct 25, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    Story should reflect that both drivers involved were cited in this accident, not just the tractor trailer driver.
  • by MikeK Location: Kinston on Oct 25, 2011 at 11:11 AM
    Some people are so spoiled, try living in Raleigh for 10 years and then let me here you complain about Kinston traffic, geez....
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 25, 2011 at 01:17 PM in reply to MikeK
      I hear ya. I'm from near that area too. ENC is a different world, which is why so many like to vacation at the beaches. LOL, you wouldn't know it around rush hour, however! Same rude drivers (not all), same cell phone lane straddlers, same old stuff, just much worse drivers who don't remember much from the Driver's Handbook.
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      by Donna on Oct 26, 2011 at 04:15 AM in reply to MikeK
      Amen MikeK. I worked in RTP for 10 years. The traffic on 40 is an absolute nightmare. You will never hear me complain about traffic in Goldsboro, Kinston or anywhere else in eastern NC for that matter. And isn't it funny that everyone is complaining about the traffic with no regards as to the condition of the folks involved in the accident itself?
  • by jennifer on Oct 25, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    there was an accident this morning and it sad that these people only care that it was an inconvenience to them they should think about what if it was their family or their friends that got in this wreck...stop at a store and ask or ask the cop that was leading u away from harm..its only common sense...i hope and pray that everyone involved in this accident is ok and thanks to all the people keeping everyone else safe and doing their job..
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 25, 2011 at 01:15 PM in reply to jennifer
      You have more common sense than these complainers. Your advice is excellent!
  • by Kinston Resident Location: Kinston on Oct 25, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    Traffic is a MESS!!!!! They're rerouting everybody through town and not giving them directions to get back to the highway. #FAIL
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      by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 08:59 AM in reply to Kinston Resident
      Get a Gps
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        by wow on Oct 25, 2011 at 09:36 AM in reply to
        Welcome to SMALL TOWN USA. One of the frendliest cities in Eastern North Carolina. ya right. You can see by this response how friendly they are and accomidating. That is that southern hospitality and brotherly love at work. Way to go Anonymous.
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          by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 25, 2011 at 02:18 PM in reply to wow
          ...accommodating...just sayin'...
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          by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 07:29 PM in reply to wow
          You sound like a real friendly person yourself! Hats off to you!! Way to go WOW...
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        by jerry on Oct 25, 2011 at 09:41 AM in reply to
        rthere are alot of people cant afford those things. just like when that truck hit that car and killed thre people on queen and 70 they had to reroute into town that was fine but no one after that guess the cops think that everyone even traveling people know how to get through this town, NOT.
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      by enc on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:08 PM in reply to Kinston Resident
      If you are really from Kinston, you should know how to get back to 70 without being told!
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 25, 2011 at 01:14 PM in reply to Kinston Resident
      There's a reason why some large humans are called 'Adults'; unfortunately, it doesn't apply to all humans. As my dear Grandpa used to say, 'Quitcher belly achin'. Stuff happens; get a map; stop and ask for directions.

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