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One killed, seven hurt in Duplin County truck crash

Posted September 1, 2008

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— One person died and seven were hurt Monday morning when a tractor-trailer crashed into the back of a farm truck carrying migrant workers in northeastern Duplin County, the Highway patrol said.

The crash happened as the farm truck had slowed and was turning into Maxwell Mill Road from N.C. Highway 11, Trooper J.M. Gurganus said. The tractor-trailer rounded a curve and was unable to stop, he said.

One of the workers was killed. Four were taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville and three to Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston.

The crash happened about 8:30 a.m.

Emergency Medical Services personnel called for several medical helicopters to transport patients to Pitt Memorial.

Pink Hill firefighters set up a landing zone for some of the helicopters. Others were sent to the Duplin County Airport to meet ambulances there.

Gurganus said the dead worker's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Charges were pending against the truck driver, troopers said. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries.


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  • Lesley Sep 1, 2008

    The semi driver may be at fault - a farm truck??? I drive a truck and can seat only 6 with seatbelts - 7 injured and one dead adds up to 8...it is sad to see this happen, but everyone needs to follow the law to prevent this from happening or minimize the impact from an accident.

  • ERRN Sep 1, 2008

    Like that- the EMS workers said they were.

  • Like that Sep 1, 2008

    I don't see anywhere where it states they were in the back of the truck. You know they make trucks that can fit more than two people on the inside. I don't see anything about them NOT having any type of insurance either. Besides the truck driver seems to be at fault for not paying attention, if this is found to be the fact, his insurance should cover the medical costs. Personally, who thinks about the cost when it comes to a persons life?

  • ERRN Sep 1, 2008

    Isn't this why NC passed a law a couple of years ago requiring ALL occupants of a vehicle to be restrained? Does this not apply to the tailbed of pick-ups? By the way, guess who gets to pay for their hospital bills?

  • dogeatdog Sep 1, 2008

    This is why I can't stand to see people let their children ride in the back of a pickup truck, which sounds like the case here, except they were adults. Kids don't realize the dangers. Prayers to the family who lost a loved one in this accident.

  • futbalfantic Sep 1, 2008

    yeah and the 10k bill that goes along with it

  • mathforall Sep 1, 2008

    sign me up for the helicopter ride to the nearest hospital. DGH is nothing more than a glorified band-aid stand.