One killed in traffic collision
From Staff Reports
Thursday, September 14, 2017
One person was killed and another sent to the hospital following a traffic wreck Wednesday in Edgecombe County.
N.C. Highway Patrol troopers responded to a report of a vehicle collision at 1 p.m. on McKendree Church Road, just outside Pinetops, along with Edgecombe County deputies and emergency personnel, said N.C. Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Jimmie Silver.
Silver said the wreck happened when a trailer being towed by an Edgecombe County- owned truck headed northbound on the road came loose from the truck and hit another vehicle headed southbound on the road. Silver said the trailer was carrying another vehicle identified as a Chrysler Sebring Touring when it came loose from the truck.
According to a news release from the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, the truck involved in the wreck was an Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office vehicle. Silver said the truck’s driver was uninjured.
Two people were inside the southbound vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala. One of the vehicle’s occupants died from injuries sustained in the wreck,Silver said. The second was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and was last listed in critical condition, Silver said. He said neither victims’ names would be released until their relatives are notified.
What caused the trailer to come loose is still under investigation, Silver said. He added charges have not yet been filed but are pending.