One killed in wrecks on icy roads in Duplin, Sampson counties

Posted January 9, 2015

— A 19-year-old from Greenville died early Friday when her car slammed into the back of a Pepsi delivery truck on Interstate 40 in Duplin County, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Investigators said Mindy Burnett was traveling near mile marker 388 between 5:45 and 6:30 a.m. when she hit the truck, which had slowed because of two other wrecks caused by icy roads in the area.

A toddler in the car with Burnett was unhurt, troopers said.

Sleet and freezing rain fell in parts of Sampson and Duplin counties early Friday, causing dozens of wrecks from vehicles sliding on black ice.

Prior to the fatal wreck, a Toyota pickup truck hit an icy patch and ran off the road. A short time later, a tractor-trailer jackknifed on a bridge and ran into the median of the highway.

In Sampson County, a tractor-trailer carrying chickens overturned on N.C. Highway 41 East near the U.S. Highway 421 intersection. It was unclear if anyone was hurt.

Duplin County schools were closed Friday due to the slick conditions. In Sampson County, the Union District cluster of school posted a two-hour delay then decided before 8 a.m. to close for the day. 

Sampson County schools spokeswoman Susan Warren said communities along U.S. Highway 421, including Delway, Harrells and Ivanhoe had the worst road conditions.

Other schools in southeastern North Carolina posted delays, including Brunswick and Pender County.

State Department of Transportation crews were putting down salt as temperatures, which held below freezing for more than 24 hours, started to climb Friday morning.

The long-term weather outlook keeps a chill in the air through the next seven days, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Saturday promises to be the most sunny day of the weekend, then clouds move back in Sunday and the work week sees the likelihood of light rain each day.


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  • Terry Czysz Jan 9, 2015
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    A young woman is dead - come up with some other way to complain in your life .
    Someone is suffering her loss.

  • Elem-Teach Jan 9, 2015

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 9, 2015

    Has anyone else noticed that the vehicles that are so often out of control (and sliding into others & off the road) are those “4-wheelers” and SUVs?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 9, 2015

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    Thank you, RF. You saved me the trouble.

  • Judy Fergerson Jan 9, 2015
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    At least one people lost their life in a crash on Interstate 40 in Duplin County, an emergency dispatcher said

  • Mannin Black Jan 9, 2015
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    You must have gotten your name from your IQ.

    Black ice, sometimes called clear ice, refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a surface. While not truly black, it is virtually transparent, allowing black asphalt/macadam roadways or the surface below to be seen through it—hence the term "black ice".

  • Paul Vail Jan 9, 2015
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    Jodi -- please proofread the copy your editors give you for posting. Clearly they didn't stay awake in English, so for the sake of the news site, you'll need to step up and do their job for them. If one PEOPLE lost their lives, it would be the wiping out of a community or civilization, right?

  • Jane Tuohey Jan 9, 2015
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    At least one people lost their life in a crash

    Come on now.... I know you can write better than that.... Try.... At least one PERSON lost their life in a crash....

  • 37 Jan 9, 2015

    There is no such thing as "black ice". There is ice and there's not ice. Ice may be thick or thin. Stop using these nonsense terms.