Woman collides with 18-wheeler near Kenly

An unidentified woman was injured Friday morning when she ignored a stop sign and collided with an 18-wheeler truck.

The Kenly Fire Department, Johnston County EMS and the North Carolina Highway Patrol from Wilson were dispatched to the scene at 11:27 a.m.

Troopers on the scene did not know the woman’s identity.


Truck Driver Charles Waddell

was traveling south on N.C. 581 when she drove through the stop sign and hit a Schneider National truck headed north on U.S. 301. The accident site was two miles north of Kenly.

The car, a Ford Fiesta rental car with a Florida license, suffered heavy damage. She was injured and transported via Johnston EMS to WakeMed in Raleigh. Her condition is unknown.

The truck driver was Charles Waddell, 57, of Asheboro. He was headed to Smithfield Packing in Wilson to deliver bacon pallets. He was not hurt in the accident.

“She came through and I thought she would stop but she kept coming,” said Waddell. “I just thought to myself, ‘What will I do?’”

Waddell’s truck was 80 feet long and bright orange and he couldn’t understand why she didn’t see him.

His truck suffered minor damage. The female driver knocked one of tires off the rear of his truck.

“She was wearing her seat belt, alert and there was no sign she was bleeding,” said Waddell.

The investigation continues. There was no word on what charges the female driver might face.

“That was supposed to be my last load of pallets,” said Waddell. “I’m just glad there were no children or animals in her car.’

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