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Two injured after tanker truck, car collide near Carthage

Posted February 27, 2014

— A tanker truck and a Toyota Camry collided on a two-lane highway just outside Carthage at around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, seriously injuring both drivers.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the Camry's driver, Chelsea Bosworth, was northbound on U.S. Highway 15/501 near Irene Lane when she sideswiped a dump truck headed south.

Bosworth, 22, of Carthage, then swerved back into the northbound lane but overcorrected, crossed the center line and hit the 18-wheeler, authorities said.

The drivers' injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Melissa Chapman was sitting in her home drinking coffee, she said, when she heard a big bang and walked outside to see the truck flipped over in a ditch and the car badly damaged.

"She was lying in the car and couldn’t speak, and the gentleman was lying in the yard kind of out of it," Chapman said. "I think he was in shock."

Emergency workers took the tanker truck driver, Cecil Birgman, 29, of Sanford, to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, while Bosworth was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Authorities haven't said what led Bosworth to cross into the southbound lane.

Troopers, however say the highway can be dangerous with the number of big rigs and log trucks that travel the route.

Charges had not been filed as of Thursday afternoon.

U.S. 15/501 was closed in both directions for nearly seven hours while authorities investigated the crash and crews removed the vehicles from the scene.


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  • EricaSliver Feb 27, 2014

    OUCH! That looks bad...hope the injured recover fully.

  • Not_Time_Yet Feb 27, 2014

    I wonder if they will bother checking the cell phones of the garbage truck driver and the woman.

  • frosty Feb 27, 2014

    That "tanker" is designed to carry power or granules not liquids.
    The reporter should learn about hazardous materials placards required on vehicles carrying dangerous materials. Since that trailer had none of the diamond shaped signs, (one on front, back and each side) that trailer did not nor probably ever carried hazardous material since there are not any holders on the trailer for the placards.
    The placards are color coded for type of danger, flammable, explosive, corrosive and so forth. In addition there is a number on the placard that gives a more exact definition and danger of the material carried. First responders and the truck itself carries a code book with that information.
    Maybe reporters who are going to cover accidents should learn these things.

  • goatgirl8188 Feb 27, 2014

    Loving how they get only one of the company's logo and everything. But HUGE thank you to ROCKWELL TOWING as well for the hard work on the Semis.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 27, 2014

    From the looks of the wreckage, people got very lucky.
    Thank God for that!!!
    Praying for their injuries.