NEW INFO: Two Charged, 7 Hurt In Wreck On Neuse River Bridge

The Highway Patrol now says seven people were injured after a lawn mower fell off a pick-up truck on the Neuse River Bridge outside of New Bern.

Troopers say a good Samaritan stopped to help retrieve the lawn mower when his truck was rear-ended by on oncoming car. Five people in that car were injured, along with two women in the back of the pick-up.

They have charged 48-year-old Nancey Skinner of New Bern, the driver of the car, with failure to reduce speed. Also charged was the driver who lost the lawn mower. Ottis Carter was charged with failure to secure a load.

Troopers say all seven people had minor injuries and the southbound lanes of the bridge was down to one lane for about an hour.

This isn't the first time a good Samaritan was involved with an accident on that bridge.

In September 2008 two people were killed after a van pulling a trailer lost some of its material on the bridge. The driver of a pickup truck stopped to help and a dump truck struck the pickup from behind. Both the driver of the pickup truck and van were killed.

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A multiple vehicle accident in New Bern has slowed traffic on the Neuse River Bridge.

The crash happened around 11:45 a.m. and the southbound lanes of US 17 are limited to just one lane. The wreck took place at the far end of the bridge, just before it joins the Trent River Bridge.

There are reports of multiple injuries due to the crash.

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  • by treasure Location: new bern on May 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    Without failure, seems I, a resident of New Bern and Craven county see cars along side the road of the bridge borken down each time I cross that bridge going north or south on 17. (I'd venture to say at least every two weeks.) I'd guestimate I've alearted the New Bern police dept many times, and I am directed to use my "peak minutes" to report it to the highway patrol. One time a New Bern dispatcher called me back and semi fussed me out because she couldn't see the van I was speaking of. I thought tht is why D.A.Scott Thomas decided it would help prevent accidents if he put camera's on the bridge to assist people that did have car problems or had to pull aside. Perhaps if more people continue to call as I do, this will prove those camera's were nothing but a huge waste of more tax payers money flying out the door in the city of New Bern. Just what were those camera's installed for? If anyone will inform me, I'd be delighted because as a dispatcher told me "you need to call highway patrol." Sorry, I've already used my minutes to notify you about an issue that is being taken care of by camera's that it seems few are watching on the job. If anyone knows the price of those camera's and the intallation fee, pls let me know how much more money has been wasted in town again?
  • by cure ignorance on May 24, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    Think I'll be continuing to drive full size vehicles as long as I can afford the gas. People drive so stupid! Have survived five motorcycles. So, I'm defensive on the road or I would not still be here.
  • by James Location: New Bern on May 24, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    I'm not putting blame on anyone. The bridge does have faults. 1. there is not place to pull over (flat tires, engine failure ect) 2. a west facing sun in the evenings combined with the curve makes it very difficult to see. 3. this one is preventable... people commonly drive 75 mph on this bridge, combine this with all the above plus idiots with a phone planted to their ear with the speed and it's plainly a dangerous bridge. I also knew the guy that died in 08. Bobby was a good guy and was just trying to help. People don't pay attention as they should. Remember years ago a lady rear ended a combine on hwy 70 west ? A huge combine on a completely straight stretch of road and she runs into the back of it in broad daylight. Life is short people, please slow down and watch for things infront of you.
  • by 2008 accident on May 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    I knew the guy who stopped to help in 2008. That bridge has caused more accidents than the old Neuse River bridge AND the old Trent River bridge COMBINED! And the new bridge is only 7 years old! #1. it's not lighted and #2. the curve in the road hides the upcoming (stopped) traffic. I'll admit, the older bridges snarled traffic, but there were very few injuries in the last 60 years.
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      by What on May 24, 2011 at 01:27 PM in reply to 2008 accident
      That may be the dumbest thing I have heard. Both accidents were caused by someone failing to secure their load. Start with the source. The bridge had nothing to do with it. Failure to secure loads in both cases and someone failing to reduce speed on the other side. If I jump out of a plane and forget to put on my parachute, can I blame the ground for being to hard? If it was just softer I would have been OK despite my ignorance from the start.
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        by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 03:22 PM in reply to What
        Failure to secure, true. That said there will be breakdowns or flat tires etc that cause a stoppage. So I guess it's OK to keep on texting or otherwise not paying attention and crash into em if it's their fault for losing a load but not if it's not their fault for the stoppage?
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    why is it so hard for people to pay attention when they are driving. I remember being taught in drivers ed to always pay attention as you never know what is going to be ahead of you. I still remember to this day.

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