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Car goes under log truck; Selma man, daughters injured

Posted December 23, 2009

— A man and his two daughters were injured after their car ran under an empty log truck in Johnston County Tuesday night, according to the Highway Patrol.

George Koonce, 36, of Selma, was traveling on Hinnant Road near Pine Level when his car went under the trailer, which had stopped to back into a driveway.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

Koonce was taken to WakeMed Hospital with serious injuries. His daughter Tatianna Powell, 6, was treated    at Johnston Memorial Hospital for minor injuries and released. Koonce was listed in good condition Wednesday.

Koonce’s 4-year-old daughter, Dyera Powell, suffered life-threatening injuries. She was airlifted to UNC Children’s Hospital and was listed in critical condition Wednesday.

Troopers said Dyera was not restrained in a car seat. Charges are pending.


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  • tabicat1023 Dec 23, 2009

    This is why children die, because parents don't give a darn about safety in the car. NO carseat?? In NC the law is 4 and 40lbs to be in a booster and 8 and 80lbs to use the seatbelt alone. WHY do parents not follow the law? A booster is $13 at walmart, come on seriously??'t feel bad for this dad, but I do seriously feel bad for this child who suffered because of her fathers negligence.

    I don

  • phhsdh Dec 23, 2009

    I live on this road where the accident happened, and I know people drive too fast on this curvy country road. I also know the driver of the log truck and know that he has reflectors running down the sides and lighting on his truck. He is an older man that is very conscientous of his driving and the condition of his truck. He spends every Saturday keeping his truck up to par. Being a neighbor down the road, I have witnessed him parking his truck and the times I have seen him he always eases it right into its parking space. Time will tell who was at fault, but please keep restrained and in car seats.

  • news4u Dec 23, 2009

    ABC 11 has the video

  • bngexpress Dec 23, 2009

    although we may never read all of the facts , as with many news stories,allot of us are quick to assume automatically that in some form or fashion the truck or truck driver is at fault , if it's ever public knowledge we should reserve judgment until all of the facts are in.

  • Skywatch_NC Dec 23, 2009

    I had a friend who was a logging truck driver who died several years ago in an accident with his rig in VA ...was rounding a curve TOO fast and lost control. Fortunately no other vehicles were involved. Left behind a wife and 2 kids.

  • bige9999 Dec 23, 2009

    Parents, PLEASE use seat belts and child restraint seats!!!

  • hallc Dec 23, 2009

    Why does everyone assume it is always the Truck Drivers Fault? Sad situation and prayers go out to his family, and also to the truck driver as well. If it is the truck drivers fault, regarding no lights or another violation he will be charged, but if the driver of the car was at fault and did not stop in time then he should be charged with failiing to reduce speed.

  • NC_GobblerHunter Dec 23, 2009

    I'm thinking the truck had already started backing in the driveway. Mr. Koonce probably saw a side profile of the trailer as he approached it. Side marker lights/ reflectors get broken as logging trailers are being loaded and almost never replaced. Logging trucks seem to think they own the road, especially when on the secondary roads. They will pull out of a loading area in front of on-coming traffic. They don't bother to stay on their side of the road when going around curves. They have logs hanging too far off the back of the trailer many times without a flag or something to alert other drivers of the danger. And, many times are running over weight which makes them a danger to other drivers and tears up our roads. Highway Patrol and DOT Enforcement needs to crack down on them.

  • CestLaVie Dec 23, 2009

    The story does not say if the logging truck had tailight reflectors or lighted tailights on, so they could be seen by anyone approaching, especially if at a fast rate of speed.

    Some of those logging trucks are pretty ragged looking - perhaps not much maintenance done for their safety lights?

    Remember that lights on vehicles are for two reasons: TO SEE and to BE SEEN.

    Praying for those injured.

  • computer trainer Dec 23, 2009

    From what they are saying is that it was very dark along that stretch of road and it was not easy to see.

    Prayers for this family. How horrible right here at Christmas.