Clayton, NC – One Killed, One Hurt in DUI Crash on Buffaloe Road

Clayton, NC (January 14, 2021) – A driver was killed and another was injured after a suspected impaired driving crash in Johnson County. The crash happened just before 6:00 p.m. on Buffaloe Road near the intersection with Rainbow Canyon Road.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 59-year-old Francis Tappin, Jr. was driving an Oldsmobile SUV in a northbound direction when he traveled into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a mail truck that was traveling southbound. Tappin died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the mail truck, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers believe that alcohol played a role in the crash and it is suspected that Tappin was impaired at the time of the accident. The crash caused the roadway to be closed while troopers worked at the scene. Drivers were advised to find alternate routes of travel. There is no additional information available.

Our thoughts go out to those affected by this crash in Clayton.

North Carolina Car Accidents  Clayton, NC - One Killed, One Hurt in DUI Crash on Buffaloe Road

Drivers in North Carolina face great risks when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. While it is common to develop a false sense of security in your vehicle, the number of negligent drivers on the roadways means that North Carolina car accidents will take place every day, and many of them will involve injuries to innocent victims. A serious crash can take place in an instant and can result in major injuries that can be life-changing. Current statistics show that nearly 80,000 people are hurt in crashes that take place in North Carolina each year.

Car accidents in North Carolina are caused by many different factors. Some common causes of crashes include speeding, reckless driving, impairment, and distraction. The severity of a crash often depends on the nature of the accident, the speed at which the collision takes place, and the number of vehicles involved. Head-on crashes, for instance, are some of the most deadly and dangerous accidents that we see on our roadways and they are often caused by negligent drivers.

If you have been injured in an accident, you could have important legal rights. Before speaking with the insurance company, you should contact a North Carolina car accident attorney for assistance. Your attorney can provide you with advice on the next steps that you should take and can also handle all negotiations for your accident claim on your behalf. Your recovery should be the main focus during this time and you should not have to worry about your legal claim. At Burton Law Firm, our goal is to take the stress from the crash off of your shoulders. We will fight for the compensation you deserve when you need it the most.

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