One person was killed and two injured Friday in a traffic accident that shut down the north and southbound lanes of U.S. 15-501 during the morning rush hour.
The accident occurred on U.S. 15-501 South near N.C. 147 (Durham Freeway) shortly before 6:45 a.m. U.S. 15-501 was closed between Morreene Road and N.C. 147.
A Ford F-150 truck driven by Vernon Smith Sr., 67, of Graham, was exiting the Durham Freeway onto U.S. 15-501 South when he lost control of the vehicle and continued traveling east onto U.S. 15-501 South, Durham police spokesman Wil Glenn said. Smith’s truck struck a Chevrolet TrailBlazer, driven by Cassandra Moseley, a 32-year-old woman from Norlina, which was traveling in the right southbound lane on U.S. 15-501.
Subsequently, a Mercedes Benz, driven by Angela Carlton-Campbell, a 54-year-old Durham woman, was traveling southbound on U.S. 15-501 when it was struck by a wheelchair that flew from the back of the Ford truck after impact.
Smith and Carlton-Campbell were transported to Duke University Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Cassandra Moseley was transported to Duke University Hospital with serious injuries and was in stable condition early Friday evening. Frances Moseley, 67, a passenger in the TrailBlazer, died in the crash.
Smith was charged with misdemeanor death and careless and reckless driving, according to Glenn.
The wreck left two badly damaged vehicles – a Duke tassel hanging out the Ford’s shattered rear window – in the median just south of the freeway entrance ramp. The Mercedes ended up in trees and shrubs farther south on U.S. 15-501.
Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 919-560-4935, ext. 29450 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.