RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – One person was killed in a traffic collision Wednesday morning on Old Stage Road near Whitecroft Drive just south of Raleigh, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
A garbage truck and passenger vehicle collided head-on around 10 a.m.
The road was closed just north of Old Stage Road’s intersection with Ten Ten Road from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The coroner arrived on the scene just after 12:15 p.m. and the scene was cleared just 15 minutes later.
Carroll Lamar Wyke, 66, of Wake County died in the collision, the Highway Patrol confirmed.
Catherine Davis, who lives nearby, says she was inside her home watching TV when she heard the collision.
“We heard a crash and it sounded like a big thump,” said Davis. “I was hoping no one got hurt, but from what I hear that’s not the case.”
Davis claims the accident did not surprise her, saying she’s witnessed a lot of crashes on the busy road in front of her home.
One of the biggest concerns for those who live nearby is the amount of drivers who speed down the road and pass the double yellow line to get around other cars.
“It’s just a straightaway right out here, people just fly down the road,” said Davis.
She and her neighbors say they’re not sure what can be done other than plea with drivers to slow down.
“Police patrol pretty regularly, they pull people over,” said Davis. “I was hoping if they pulled enough people over that they would eventually slow down but I don’t think it makes much difference.”
Troopers have not yet said what exactly caused the crash or if anyone else was injured.
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