Passenger Killed When Honda struck By Tractor-trailer

North Carolina (November 17, 2011)  A passenger in a Honda was killed in a crash on I-95 north in Robeson County early Thursday morning.  According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol the fatal accident happened at 5:08 a.m. near Exit 2-NC 130 when a tractor-trailer drifted into the center median, the driver over corrected causing the rig to overturn across I-95.  The tractor-trailer came to rest on the driver’s side, blocking both northbound lanes of I-95.

Tameka McLellan, 34, was driving a 2003 Honda north on I-95 and crashed into the underside of the overturned tractor-trailer.  The impact caused the Honda to spin around facing south in the center median.  A second tractor-trailer, driven by Jeffrey Coleman, 45, came upon the overturned tractor trailer and swerved into the center median to avoid a collision.  The tractor-trailer driver did not see the disabled Honda in the center median and slammed head-on into the Honda.  The Honda was pushed further down the center median, up against the cable guard rail.

The front seat passenger in the Honda, Lee Murphy, 45, of Dillon, South Carolina was pronounced dead at the scene.  Tameka McLellan sustained serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the striking tractor-trailer, Jeffrey Coleman was also injured and transported to Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

Trooper M.D. Locklear noted that everyone was wearing seat belts.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol closed Interstate 95 north for 6 hours as they investigated the fatal accident.  Traffic was backed up for miles as commuters had to use alternate routes.  No charges have been filed.

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