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Robeson County, North Carolina — January 8, 2012

Police say a motorist was killed Sunday in a collision involving a semi near Maxton.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 52-year-old Maxton resident Samuel Butler was operating a Toyota Camry sedan along Interstate 74 around 10:55 p.m. A volunteer firefighter, Mr. Butler received word of an emergency and attempted to perform a 180-degree turn from a highway ramp.

Investigators say he crossed into the path of a semi deriven by Massachusetts resident Robert Barrett, 37. The semi struck Mr. Butler’s Camry at a right angle.

Paramedics say Mr. Butler died instantly. Mr. Barrett escaped unhurt.  The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to 5,432 accidents involving commercial vehicles in 2010, including 1,542 that resulted in injury and 83 that result in death.

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