UPDATE: Log Truck, Pickup & Farm Tractor In Highway 118 Crash

The driver of a pickup that crashed into a tractor on Highway 118 Tuesday afternoon after being rear-ended by a logging truck is listed in fair condition at Pitt County Memorial. His 13-year-old stepdaughter, Anne Marie Walski, was a passenger. She was released from the hospital.

The driver of the log truck, Glenn Lupton of New Bern, was not injured. Troopers say Lupton will be charged with failure to reduce speed, they are also inspecting his truck and more charges may be added.

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State troopers are investigating a crash between a log truck, a pickup truck and a farm tractor Tuesday afternoon.

The Highway Patrol says it happened around 1:30 p.m. on Highway 118, west of Vanceboro in Craven County.

Two medical helicopters took the driver and teen passenger to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Troopers say John Durham of Vanceboro was driving his pickup truck east on Highway 118 with his 13-year-old stepdaughter, Anne Marie Walski, was a passenger. Durham was following a slow moving farm tractor, being driven by Albert Morris, also of New Bern. An oncoming empty log truck, according to the Highway Patrol, struck the back of Durham's pickup, pushing it into the farm tractor.

Glenn Lupton of New Bern, the driver of the log truck, was not injured. Troopers say Lupton will be charged with failure to reduce speed, they are also inspecting his truck and more charges may be added. The accident closed down Highway 118 for a time.


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  • by Paul Location: Aurora on Apr 19, 2011 at 07:19 PM
    I've been sharing the road with these log trucks all my life, having to almost hit the ditch when they cut the center on curves ect., they must have the same CDL as the major freight lines but they don't drive nearly as well, how many times have you had a close call with a log truck?
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Apr 20, 2011 at 01:14 PM in reply to Paul
      Some are courteous, but many others are 'heck bent' on terrifying the car in front of them. I know; I have had many bear down on my small sedan (and I always drive 4 mph above the posted; do not want a ticket) until I reach my driveway. I literally have to start slowing down and making a turn signal 1/4 mile from my turn to be safe. These truckers do not like to be slowed down, even for locals. It's really the worst driving by some truckers I have seen in the many years I have lived here. I always think, I wish you could know what it's like to be intimidated while trying to go home/turn into your own driveway. I hope some of them read these comments. I'm someones' wife/mother/sister/aunt...if only we could all be courteous on the roadways...
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Apr 19, 2011 at 03:38 PM
    Good; charge him with careless and reckless too. Some drivers do not remember the old rule; if something impedes YOUR LANE, you must slow down and RELINQUISH right-of-way to the other lane...an old basic rule of driving. Hope those innocent people recover soon.
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