Stalled car, wreck backed up traffic on causeway

By on June 28, 2012

Engine trouble in one car led to a four-vehicle pile-up Wednesday afternoon at the top of the Washington Baum Bridge between Nags Head and Manteo.

Sgt. J.C. Wilson of the N.C. State Highway Patrol said the crash started around 5 p.m. after a car traveling westbound came to a stop in the right lane near the peak of the navigation span.

Two vehicles stopped behind the car, but a third slammed into the rear vehicle, causing an accordion effect, according to Wilson.

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No serious injuries were reported, although one woman was transported by Dare EMS to The Outer Banks Hospital for evaluation and was released a short time later, Wilson said.

James Raskin of Southern Shores was cited by the Highway Patrol for failure to reduce speed to avoid colliding with another vehicle.

Wilson said no additional factors, other than inattentiveness, were to blame in the collision.

Damage to the two pick-ups, an SUV, and a sedan is estimated at over $30,000, with the car considered a total loss.

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