Clemmons, NC (February 2, 2021) – A driver was killed and another was hurt in a wrong-way crash that took place in Clemmons on Monday night. The collision took place on Interstate 40 in the westbound lanes of the highway.
According to troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 78-year-old Billy Ray Willard of Stoneville was driving a 1988 Ford Bronco eastbound in the westbound lanes of the roadway just after sunset. While in the eastbound lanes, his car collided with a Mazda SUV driven by Randall Scott Pennington of Palm Beach, FL. Willard sustained critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Pennington and his passenger, Darla Pennington, were taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash caused the road to be closed for nearly three hours as traffic was backed up near the accident scene. Motorists were advised to find alternate routes if possible. Officials believe that a medical condition may have caused the accident.
There is no further information available at this time.
We would like to offer our thoughts and condolences to those affected by this tragic crash in Rockingham County.
Car Accidents in North Carolina
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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