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30-year-old dies in wreck

By John Joyce
Published in News on August 30, 2014 11:36 PM

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Rescue crews work to free the driver of a pickup truck involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer.

No charges will be filed in a Friday morning wreck that claimed the life of a Seven Springs man.

Jacob Anthony Gray, 30, 5614 N.C. 55 died en route to Wayne Memorial Hospital after he was injured when his pickup truck was struck by a tractor-trailer rig.

Gray was driving his 1984 Chevrolet pickup west on Greenfield Cemetery Road shortly after 11 a.m. Friday.

He turned south onto Arrington Bridge Road where he failed to stop at a stop sign, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper J.A. Smith said.

An Elizabethtown-based Cape Fear Transportation tractor-trailer driven by James Herman Christian, 51, of Bladenboro, did not have enough time to stop, Smith said.

The semi hit the pickup nearly head on, driving it off the road and into an embankment.

"You could see smoke billowing out from under the (pickup) truck," Christian said.

Indian Springs and Dudley fire departments responded, along with Wayne County EMS and the Highway Patrol.

There are no indications that either speed or alcohol were involved in the crash, Sgt. G.L. Burton said.