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Four killed, two injured in crash near Sampson-Bladen County line

Posted September 27, 2015
Updated September 28, 2015

— Four people were killed and two people were injured early Sunday in a wreck on U.S. Highway 701, near the Sampson-Bladen County line, authorities said.

According to investigators, a white 2006 Ford pickup truck was traveling south on U.S. Highway-701 at about 3:15 a.m. when it traveled off the road and onto the shoulder, where it overturned and hit a tree.

The driver was identified as Karl Lamont Jones, 54, of Lakeland, Florida. Melquiades Ramirez, 24, Ricardo Ramirez, 21, and Luis Felipe Rocha Madrigal, 24, all of Harrells, were also killed.

Rachel Gauck, 29, and Victor Manuel Lobaton Mendoza, 24, both of Harrells, were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville with serious injuries, authorities said.

Investigators say the road was wet, so weather and speed may have been factors in the crash. The group was headed home from a club, so alcohol could have also played a role in the crash, according to investigators.

"We won't know for sure until the medical examiner's report comes out about the alcohol, but it is believed that it is a factor in this collision," said Sgt. Michael Davis of the State Highway Patrol.


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  • Bailey Raines Nov 20, 2015
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    @Jaime the driver was probably falling asleep.

  • shelleybell71 Sep 28, 2015

    The article says that is a Ford truck, however the pictures of the steering wheel show otherwise. Prayers to their families.

  • Jaime Myers Sep 28, 2015
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    Looks horrible...how fast were they going?

  • hd5605hd Sep 27, 2015

    Prayers still sent up for all parties involved and their families.

  • hd5605hd Sep 27, 2015

    Proof read your story.... were their two vehicles?? Or was it a car that wrecked or was it a pick-up?? According to your story as written like 6 people in this pickup and/or car?? Or did I just not read it correctly!!