The driver of a tractor trailer has been charged in an interstate crash that killed a Winston-Salem man Wednesday.
Charles Marlow Jr., 51, of Hopewell, Pennsylvania, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, Master Trooper Jeffrey Swagger reported. A bond amount for Marlow was not immediately available.
Ward Beech Miller, 65, of Winston-Salem, died at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 2:20 p.m. between the 155- and 156-mile markers on westbound Interstate 40, Swagger stated.
Westbound traffic had come to a stop due to a brush fire beside the interstate, Swagger said. A 2003 Lexus, driven by Miller, was stopped in the right lane. A 2001 Peterbilt tractor-trailer swerved in an attempt to avoid the stopped traffic, but struck the Lexus.
The Peterbilt then also struck a Chevrolet pickup truck. The Chevrolet was pushed into a 2013 Kenworth tractor trailer, Swagger stated in a release.
A passenger in the Lexus and the driver of the Chevrolet were transported to the hospital by EMS. Their conditions are not currently available, Swagger stated. The Peterbilt was being driven by Marlow.
The westbound lanes of I-40 were closed and traffic was detoured onto US 64 at Exit 162; all lanes were reopened by 6:30 p.m.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported Miller is the cousin of Rev. Daniel Simmons Jr., who was one of nine killed in a June 2015 mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. It also reported Miller was a retired senior vice president at NewBridge Bank in Winston-Salem.