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.
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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