RALEIGH – Monday’s rain is being investigated as a factor in four fatalities in North Carolina, including three traffic deaths in the Triangle and one death involving a railroad worker in the mountains.
Near Black Mountain, a Norfolk Southern railroad worker was killed after he was trapped in a mudslide while checking track conditions. He was indentified by railroad authorities as 33-year-old Joseph Drenwoski.
He was checking track conditions on a special unit with rail wheels which was knocked off the tracks by a mudslide.
The traffic fatalities occurred in two separate wrecks along the same road.
Around 2:30, one person was killed was killed in a crash just inside Nash County east of Zebulon Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 264 between Zebulon and Wilson. That crash involved a car and two semi-tractor trailers.
The driver of the car, 60-year-old Chauncy Adrian Freeman, of Raleigh, was killed.
The two truck drivers suffered minor injuries.
A second accident happened just before 4:30 on U.S. Highway 64/264 West near Wendell.
The Highway Patrol said a sedan, was traveling westbound when it attempted to pass a compact car and the sedan struck the compact and lost control.
At the same time, a flatbed tractor-trailer struck the sedan in the driver's side door area.
The victims in that accident have been identified as 21-year-old Roxanne Swanner and 29-year-old Santez Keys both of Washington, NC.