A 51-year-old grandmother died in a traffic accident on northbound Interstate 85 in Durham on Tuesday afternoon.
Benita Gail Williams, 51, of Durham, died in the accident at the interchange with Red Mill Road at exit 182 at about 12:55 p.m. The three-vehicle wreck brought traffic to a halt, and all northbound lanes on I-85 were closed for almost three hours.
The crash began when a driver of a 2011 Ford van failed to his reduce speed, said N.C. Department of Public Safety spokesman Christopher D. Knox.
Timothy Louis Journigan, 37, of Wake Forest was driving north on I-85 in a 2011 Ford when his van slammed into the tail end of a 2000 Saturn driven by Williams, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
The impact propelled the Saturn forward into the back bumper of a 2010 Toyota Prius driven by Susan Lynn Chase, 47, of Winston-Salem.
Williams died at the scene. Her 9-year-old grandson, who was in the passenger seat, was transported to Duke Regional Hospital for unknown injuries, said N.C. Department of Public Safety spokesman Christopher D. Knox.
Knox said Journigan was transported to Duke Regional Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.
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