[Photo: Rescuers responded to the accident last Wednesday to help the injured drivers.]
A head-on collision at the U.S. 401 bridge over Prospect Avenue in Raeford last week injured both drivers and closed the bridge to traffic while rescuers cleared the roadway.
Timothy Wiggins, 49, of the 800 block of Rockfish Road and Diane Williams, 67, of Fayetteville were both injured in the accident, which happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 28.
Wiggins was driving from one direction and Williams was coming the opposite direction as they approached the bridge. Wiggins apparently lost control of his vehicle, ran off the road to the right and scraped the guardrail on the passenger side, according to a report from the Raeford Police Department. Then his vehicle went left of center and struck Williams’ vehicle head-on, the report said.
Local police, fire departments and emergency medical services responded to the scene. Rescuers took Williams and Wiggins to Cape Fear Medical Center in Fayetteville by ambulance for treatment.
The accident shut down traffic on the bridge for about an hour while crews and tow trucks removed the wrecked vehicles and cleared debris. The bridge opened back up for traffic around 3 p.m.
Wiggins was charged with driving left of center, according to police. Investigators did not suspect drugs or alcohol as factors in the accident.