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Driver dies after slamming into tractor trailer in Currituck County

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 16:17:38-04

CURRITUCK COUNTY, NC – All lanes near Caratoke Highway/168 in Currituck County closed after a multi-vehicle accident. One person is dead. The victim has been identified as 59-year-old James L. Nixon of Kitty Hawk.

Police say the accident involved a tractor trailer, pick-up truck and a Humvee.

This happened in the 7400 block of Caratoke Highway. This is in the Jarvisburg area.

The area was closed for several hours for clean-up.

Traffic was detoured on S. Bayview Road and Jarvisburg Road.

Officials say a 2006 Chevy pick-up truck was going north on 158. It crossed the center media and went into southbound traffic and hit a tractor trailer.

The tractor trailer was empty and it then hit a Humvee that was in the right lane. The Hummer over corrected and ran off of the road.

A fire started inside of the tractor trailer.

The driver of the pick-up truck was dead on the scene.

The tractor trailer driver was taken to the Outer Banks hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Hummer was not transported.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol, Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, Currituck County Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Lower Currituck Volunteer Fire Department, Southern Shores Fire Department and Kitty Hawk Fire Department all responded.

No other details have been released.