Moped driver sent to hospital after crash on Hwy. 70 in James City

Moped crash causing traffic backups on Hwy. 70 in James City (Kate Hussey, NewsChannel 12)

A crash involving a moped on Hwy. 70 in James City is causing significant traffic backups.

NewsChannel 12's Kate Hussey was on the scene gathering more details Tuesday morning as traffic backed up for miles.

Two men said they were in their truck when a moped driver hit their truck. The men said the moped was traveling in the right-hand lane when the decided to pass the moped in their truck. According to the two men, the moped driver swerved and hit the truck, causing the unidentified motorist to flip and roll several times.

The driver was wearing a helmet, the two men said. A helmet was found laying near the moped when NewsChannel 12 arrived.

State Highway Patrol confirmed the two eyewitnesses' accounts.

The two men said they were not hurt in the crash but the driver was taken to the hospital. The accident happened near exit 417B in James City.

The trooper added the moped driver was sent to CarolinaEast in New Bern but will be transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The call came across the scanners around 10:10 a.m. It's unclear if any charges will be filed. Lanes are back open and traffic is flowing freely.

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