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At least eight injured in Harnett County three-car wreck

Posted November 21, 2011
Updated November 22, 2011

— Witnesses to a three-car wreck that sent at least eight people, including a 2-year-old child and an infant, to the hospital Monday night said it happened in two parts and sounded like a bomb going off.

"Like a bomb went off, dynamite, boom," said Wanda Stephenson, who lives near the wreck site, on N.C. Highway 55 and Eason Lane, outside Angier.

Meranda Molden said she heard the first crash and then ran outside.

"I go running out here (and) the next thing I hear is 'boom.' A car was coming this way and hit a vehicle right here," she said.

The car wound up in her yard.

Wreck near Angier sends at least eight to hospital Wreck near Angier sends at least eight to hospital

State troopers said that a car stopped to make a turn when a van, carrying three men, two women, a 2-year-old child and an infant, approached it from behind. Swerving to avoid a collision, the van hit a four-door Chevy driving the opposite direction head-on.

A woman and her two teenage daughters, who were traveling in the Chevy, were hospitalized. 

After the crash, the van remained in the road with no lights on. That's when a Jeep hit it, troopers said.

A couple in the Jeep were also hospitalized.

One of the men in the van was found lying in a ditch near the scene. He was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. It wasn't clear whether everyone in the van was hospitalized.

Authorities have not released the names or conditions of anyone involved.


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  • fayncmike Nov 23, 2011

    "So those that are judgemental, do you even know if the taillights or brakelights were working?

    It's called over driving your headlights. I have come across many obstacles in the roadway, including downed trees that normally don't have tail or break lights and have never hit any of them. Of course I have this strange habit of concentrating on my driving and driving defenselessly.

  • peplquitwhinin Nov 22, 2011

    So those that are judgemental, do you even know if the taillights or brakelights were working?

  • fayncmike Nov 22, 2011

    "ayncmike, Have you ever had an accident and was at fault? Do you even drive? Accidents do happen and we all make mistakes except for you maybe. I just hope everyone involved pulls thru.

    I've been driving for just over 55 years. In that time I've never had an accident of any sort. Though I will admit to getting a few tickets. I've turned in one damage claim to my insurance company. A blue haired old biddy driving a SUV the size of Utah backed into the side of my car while I was in shopping. Since my car was nicely centered in a legal parking slot I think I'm pretty safe in saying that it wasn't my fault or my accident.

    Let's face it, most of the people on NC don't know how to drive. As a matter of fact, most of them couldn't even get a learner's permit elsewhere.

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  • nellbaby Nov 22, 2011

    Did any of you stop and think that perhaps the driver had some kind of medical emergency, ie...stroke, heart attack, let's just pray that all injured parties will be ok

  • fayncmike Nov 22, 2011

    "fayncmike: Do you drive on the interstate? You can witness hundreds of cars driving at 70 mph plus in a long line with only 50 feet between each car, sometimes less. Tailgating has become the norm in todays society. Accident reconstruction does not involve making assumptions and posting them as fact.

    Yes I drive on the interstate. So what's your point? Would you like to make tailgating legal? Listen, it's not rocket science. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to rear end another car, PERIOD. If they did than they were doing something stupid and are at fault.

  • mpheels Nov 22, 2011

    When you are driving, you are 100% responsible for not hitting things in front of you. There is always the potential to encounter a stalled vehicle, slow moving farm equipment, a fallen tree... That is why stretches of road with limited sight distance are marked with signs and suggested speed limits. If conditions are such that you won't have time to stop once an obstruction comes into view, you need to slow down. Yes, this means you might have to drive below the posted speed limit sometimes.

  • LocalYokel Nov 22, 2011

    Tailgaters are terrorizing us on our roads. When tailgaters cause wrecks it even sounds like a bomb going off.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 22, 2011

    It's so sad that something likes this happen. For an eye opener, go to any county web site and check on the number of arrest for no operator license or revoke license. You will be amazed. There a reason for this ya know.

  • justabumer Nov 22, 2011

    Tailgating may have become "the norm in today's society" but that doesn't change the fact that it's a bad idea.