UPDATE: Charges filed in crash involving SUV and semi-truck
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dispatch says they were notified of an accident involving an SUV and semi-truck by an employee at the State Port, who saw it on a surveillance camera. It happened around 2:30 p.m.
Wilmington Police say the Ford Explorer was traveling on Shipyard Boulevard towards the State Port when it crashed into a semi-truck, that was turning left from Burnett Boulevard onto Shipyard.
The SUV slid underneath the center part of the semi. The 18-wheeler was transporting a concrete bridge railing with an NC Department of Transportation sign on it.
Wilmington Traffic Police Officer Mark Anderson says the driver of the Explorer, Jonathan Chase Hodges, 25, walked away from the scene with only a few scratches. The driver of the semi was not injured.
Anderson says Hodges claims he had briefly looked down right before the crash and did not have time to stop. Police charged Hodges with possession of drug paraphernalia and careless and reckless driving.
According to video obtained by the Port of Wilmington, the driver of the semi had fully stopped before turning left into the intersection.
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