First Sgt. Chris Wood of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol tells WKRK that a traffic accident Wednesday involving a 1990 Ford log truck and a 2013 Ford Taurus left a Murphy man deceased and a family devastated. The accident happened at 7:38 pm on Tuesday, April 11, 2018.
Justin Alan Jensen, age 33, of Wingate Road, Murphy, NC was reportedly traveling westbound on Highway 64 West near Jacky Jones Chevrolet. The log truck was traveling westbound at a slow speed after pulling onto the highway from a strip mall. The truck had become established in the right hand lane.
Reports indicate that Jensen failed to reduce speed and collided with the logs extending from the back of the truck. The logs penetrated the windshield of the 2013 Ford Taurus. Jensen was transported to Murphy Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after the accident.
NCDMV Officials from Asheville, NC verified that the log truck was properly marked and compliant with highway standards.
There are no indications at this time that excessive speed was involved.
A GoFundMe page has been setup to help with expenses for the family. Tammie Marie McDowell shared the photo below of the Jensen family to the WKRK Facebook page. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/muek38-jensen-family.
The page, organized by Bonnie Hughes reads, "Justin Jensen was killed in a terrible car accident this evening and leaves behind a wife and 7 kids. He is a Marine Corp veteran and served many years over seas fighting for our country. He and his family are strong believers in Jesus Christ and an absolutely wonderful people. Please help provide for this family for daily needs as well as prayer!"
WKRK sends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Justin Jensen and all those affected during this time of loss. Our prayers are with you.
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