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Child, 1-year-old survive fatal crash in Johnston County

Posted September 18
Updated September 19

— N.C. Highway 50 was closed in both directions for several hours Monday afternoon as the result of a fatal crash.

Authorities said a Ford Explorer truck driven by Tammy Higgins Johnson, 47, of Newton Grove was traveling south on Highway 50 when the vehicle traveled off the roadway and crossed the center line.

Johnson then overcorrected, traveled off the roadway in the opposite direction, and struck a ditch culvert and a tree.

Fatal crash closes NC Highway 50 in Johnston County

Johnson died as a result of the crash. Three other people inside the vehicle, including a 1-year-old and a 5-year-old, were not injured.

Authorities do not believe that speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

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  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 19, 12:35 p.m.
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    "The vehicle traveled off the road". How about, the driver drove the vehicle over the center line of the road and then they lost control. The vehicle did not cause the wreck. Oh, I forgot, we don't want to assign blame for anything. That would make her "feel bad". It is the vehicles fault.