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Winston-Salem woman dies in wreck with tractor-trailer

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem woman died Tuesday after a wreck involving a tractor-trailer.

Literel Cohen Haley, 52, of Chanute Trail in Winston-Salem, died after the wreck, which happened at the intersection of Reidsville Road and Byerly Road shortly after 11:15 a.m.

In a news release, police said Haley was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Lumina minivan west on Byerly Road when she attempted to cross Reidsville Road and went into the path of a northbound 2002 International tractor-trailer driven by 51-year-old Richard Morgan Babson.

Police said Babson tried to evade the collision by steering left and struck a 2004 Mitsubishi SUV directly beside him. The tractor-trailer then collided with the minivan, causing severe damage to the driver’s side, police said.

Haley died after being taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, police said.

A passenger in the minivan, Phillip Cutler, was also taken to WFBMC with “severe” injuries, police said.

The driver of the SUV was not injured, however a passenger, 35-year-old Reginald D. Jones, was.  Police said his injuries were not life-threatening and he did not want to be taken to the hospital.

Babson was not injured.

Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors, police said.

Police said the investigation is ongoing. It was not clear if charges are expected to be filed.

Haley’s death marks the 7th traffic-related death in Winston-Salem this year.