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Trucker killed in 2-vehicle Monroe wreck

A woman who ran her own trucking company was killed late Monday in a two-vehicle crash in Monroe, authorities say.

The N.C. Highway Patrol identified the victim as Martha Jane Evans, of Wendell, a town northeast of Raleigh near Zebulon.

The wreck was reported shortly after 11 p.m. on westbound U.S. 74 near Secrest Avenue, troopers say. They say a tractor-trailer carrying produce on U.S. 74 collided with a car at the Secrest Avenue intersection. The truck careened into a power pole and then overturned.

The truck driver died at the scene. The driver of the car was taken to CMC-Union with life-threatening injuries.

The downed power pole knocked out electricity to parts of northeast Monroe. In addition, authorities closed the westbound lanes of U.S. 74 to clean a fuel spill and some of the load from the truck. The westbound lanes were closed for about 10 hours but reopened Tuesday morning.

Trucking company records show Evans was owner and sole driver for Evans Express, which carried produce, meat and paper products. Records show no safety violations for the company.

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