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Child, two adults killed in I-95 wreck

Posted August 1, 2008
Updated August 3, 2008

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— An 8-year-old child and two adults were killed in a one-vehicle crash along Interstate 95 in Robeson County Friday morning.

Lumberton police said the wreck was reported about 6:30 a.m., but they believe the 2003 Lexus sport-utility vehicle went off the road hours earlier. One lane of I-95 northbound was closed until just after 9 a.m.

Jerry Wayne Thornburg, 59, of Pawleys Island, S.C.; Grace Carl, 39, of Georgetown, S.C., and her son, Christopher Carl, 8, were pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Thornburg and Carl were a couple.

The wreckage of the SUV, which was registered to Thornburg in South Carolina, was found about 50 feet off the highway in some trees. Investigators think Thornburg was driving north at about 75 mph before the wreck.

The cause of the wreck has not yet been determined, but police said alcohol or drugs were not involved. The SUV did not leave any skid marks on the roadway before it left the interstate.


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  • Granny Aug 1, 2008

    So Sad..the families are in my prayers


    Lumberton and I-95 are so dangerous. Please slow down a little. U can save your life or someone elses and you can even save a little money on your next gas fill up. This is not to blame the state for needing a more lanes on I-95, they need to just lower the speedlimit and get those law officers out their to write and stop speeders and add HUGE fines.

  • pebbles262004 Aug 1, 2008

    This is so sad, I'm sorry that the families have to get this kind of news.