ROSEBORO — A rollover crash involving a Jeep, an 18-wheeler and a car slowed down Monday morning traffic on N.C. 24.
Emergency officials received the call right before 9 a.m. for the three-vehicle collision. One driver was sent to the hospital for injuries.
According to reports from the North Carolina Highway Patrol and witnesses, Brandon Robinson, 24, of Fayetteville, was driving a Jeep Liberty while traveling west on Highway 24 when he crossed the center line. He struck an 18-wheeler traveling east, driven by Melvin Jackson, 61, of Shreveport, La. The Jeep flipped while the 18-wheeler’s driver swerved left to keep control. Officials found the Jeep upside down and the truck off the road next to a cornfield.
The accident was investigated by Trooper S.K. Naylor of the Sampson County unit of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. He reported that Robinson feel asleep behind the wheel. A Hyundai traveling behind Robinson’s vehicle was struck with debris after it overturned. The Hyundai, which sustained a cracked windshield, was driven by Patricia Cooper, 62, of Clinton.
Jackson, a driver for Preferred Material, Inc. out of Sibley, La., said his decision kept him from hitting any other oncoming traffic, while making an attempt to avoid the Jeep.
Robinson was taken to Sampson Regional Medical Center for injuries for a possible broken arm or elbow and a few bruises and cuts. Jackson and Cooper were not injured, according to reports.
The accident occurred before the Highway 24 exit for the towns of Roseboro and Salemburg. Emergency officials from the Roseboro Fire Department, North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. The roadway was cleared after 1 p.m.
As the at-fault motorist, Robinson was charged with driving while license revoked, left of center and careless and reckless driving. No other citations were issued on other motorists.
With construction underway for an expanded N.C. 24, Naylor cautioned motorists to be vigilant on the road, which includes being aware of cones, barricades and workers on the highway.
“Until they get that four-lane opened up, everybody has to slow down in that areas and pay extra attention when they’re driving,” Naylor said. “In this instance, it only took a millisecond for something to happen.”