Winston-Salem woman killed in I-40 westbound wreck identified

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police have identified the woman who was killed in a wreck on Interstate 40 in Greensboro Tuesday morning.

The two-vehicle wreck happened around 5 a.m. near McConnell Road.

According to Highway Patrol Master Trooper Chris Knox, a tractor-trailer driver had pulled onto the side of I-40 because of a flat tire. After the tire was fixed by a roadside company, the driver proceeded to sleep in his truck.

Knox said 25-year-old Jessica Danielle Smith, of Winston-Salem, was driving a Ford Mustang when she ran off the roadway, striking the back of the truck.

It is still unclear what caused Smith to travel off of the road. At the time of the wreck, Smith was not wearing a seatbelt, according to Knox.

So far, Highway Patrol has ruled out speed as a contributing factor.

The 70-year-old truck driver, who was asleep in the tractor-trailer was not injured.

No charges are anticipated in this wreck.

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