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Flaming Chatham Car Crash Claims 2 Lives

Posted June 24, 2007

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— Two people, one a Burlington man, died and a Burlington woman was hurt when two cars collided head-on on U.S. 15-501 in Chatham County, state troopers reported.

One of the dead could not be identified immediately because one car was destroyed by fire after the crash, they said.

The accident happened shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, the Highway patrol said.

A white 2005 Lexus was southbound when it ran off the right side of the road between Pittsboro and Walter Bright Road, troopers said. The car hit a guardrail and went back onto the road and across the centrer line, hitting a northbound car.

Daniel Ray Leath, 43, was killed, troopers said. Amanda Boonce Etchison, 28, was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Troopers added that Leath had not been wearing a seat belt.

They also said two men in a second northbound vehicle stopped and pulled Leath's and Etchison's car away from the flaming Lexus.


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  • jkylander Jun 25, 2007

    Amanda's name is *Koonce* Etchison and the the Lexus burst into flames. That driver perished. Daniel also perished. Passers by moved the truck or Amanda would have joined them. No trick cats up trees, just a horrible tragedy involving 3 people, 2 cars and unfortunate circumstances.

    Amanda is at UNC Hospitals in the ICU. She is my niece and that is the ONLY reason I knew who was in that hospital bed.

  • rinconjoe Jun 24, 2007

    well this is a very tragic wreck, booth the man that died and the girl are use to being on the side that helps others they work are rescuing people, our hearts are with them.

  • bbad238 Jun 24, 2007

    What is wrong with this story? One of the dead couldn't be identified because the car caught on fire, but it later says the cars of the victims were pulled away from a flaming car? None of this makes sense, but my prayers go out to all involved.

  • QT3.14 Jun 24, 2007

    Bless those who stopped to help. That's very courageous.

  • Adelinthe Jun 24, 2007

    Terrible way to die.

    Praying for the loved ones and for healing for those who survived.

    And how about the two men that stopped to help. God bless their hearts abundantly.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • ladyblue Jun 24, 2007

    Amanda, hoping for a speedy recovery for you. My prayers to the families of the two who perished.