By David Rogers. July 25, 2018. NEWTON, NC — The intersection of NC 10 and NC 16 is expected to be closed for at least four hours on Wednesday, according to officials from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, after a truck vs. car collision ended badly.
According to witnesses, the driver of a 1994 Volvo passenger car traveling east on NC 10 failed to observe a red signal light upon reaching the intersection of NC 16 and collided with a northbound 2005 Peterbilt tractor-trailer with a full load of pine wood chips. The Peterbilt ran off the road to the right and overturned, “…spilling its full load of pine wood chips out of the top of the open top trailer and onto the highway and roadside.”
Both drivers were injured, but non-life threatening, according to the Highway Patrol press release. The driver of the Volvo, Stephanie Marie Eaker, 31, of Claremont, was transported to the hospital. The driver of the Peterbilt, Christopher Wayne Benge, 44, of Wilkesboro was not transported.
The accident continues to be under investigation by Trooper Z.E. Beam. Meanwhile, with all northbound lanes and one southbound lane of NC 15 covered in wood chips, NCDOT is setting up a detour around the scene during clean-up and the investigation.