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Mother, daughter killed in Mount Olive collision

Posted October 5, 2010
Updated October 6, 2010

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— A mother and daughter died Tuesday when a log-hauling truck hit their car near the intersection of U.S. Highway 117 and Main Street in Mount Olive, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said.

It is an intersection that has had neighbors worried for decades.

U.S. Highway 117 and Main Street in Mount Olive Neighbors worry about Mount Olive intersection

"A lot of people just don't look. They don't pay attention," said one neighbor who didn't want to give her name.

She said she once brought towels to an accident victim only to see her die at the scene.

"I don't think I can go out there to assist or to help anymore, because it was devastating to see that," she said.

The most wreck happened at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Troopers said 73-year-old Mary Jones pulled into the path of the truck. She and her passenger, her mother, Mary Smith, 90, died instantly.

"He did everything he could to get it to stop," Trooper Bryan Leonard said of the truck driver. "He laid down 60 feet of impressions before impact and ended up in the median between the south and northbound lanes of 117."

The driver of the truck was treated for minor injuries and released from an area hospital.


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  • Whatever Geez Oct 6, 2010

    got some sense: I'm not saying I get caught in the median.
    I look both ways several times...I'm not going to cross 4 lanes of traffic and "take" my chances. I guess I could wait till there are no cars within 5 miles and cross ...

  • cucamelsmd15 Oct 6, 2010

    "wildcat you will be 73 maybe one day and will probably want to drive. What does renewing her drivers license have to do with it?"

    Uh, mandatory re-testing has EVERYTHING to do with it, as per the topic of discussion thus far.

  • gotsomesense Oct 6, 2010

    luv, from the glass that was on the roadway that afternoon it appeared that the car was coming from the main street extension headed into downtown, which would mean that the sun was behind them. From the location of the glass shards and the pictures included in the story I don't see how it could have happened any other way by the physical evidence I saw. I don't think the sun was a factor in this accident. LoveSomeGolo, if you are getting caught in the median it is because you are not looking at both lanes of traffic before you cross. The Calypso intersection has a flashing caution light and there was a fatal wreck there that killed a whole family (I believe they all died) who was on vacation, so lights don't make up for just not looking good enough. People run lights and have wrecks every day. Lights should be put in for traffic control of busy intersections so everybody gets a turn, not to keep people from pulling out in front of another vehicle. It was just an accident.

  • btneast Oct 6, 2010

    wildcat you will be 73 maybe one day and will probably want to drive. What does renewing her drivers license have to do with it?

    Because when they renew, they get tested, especially eyesight. Wanting to drive and being safe when you drive are often quite different. Dealing with two different parents and that issue now. The hard thing is that it too often isn't apparent the person shouldn't be driving until something happens.

  • Whatever Geez Oct 6, 2010

    according to newsargus, the other lady was driving.

  • pss2 Oct 6, 2010

    wildcat you will be 73 maybe one day and will probably want to drive. What does renewing her drivers license have to do with it?

  • Adelinthe Oct 6, 2010

    "He did everything he could to get it to stop," Trooper Bryan Leonard said of the truck driver. "He laid down 60 feet of impressions before impact and ended up in the median between the south and northbound lanes of 117."

    That poor guy. He tried so hard.

    This can happen to anyone.

    Praying for the loved ones of the deceased.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Feisty Redneck Diva - Cowgirl UP Oct 6, 2010

    I watched this on Fox News at 10:00pm last night and want CBC to know how deceptive that story was. It was first introduced showing a daycare then went into talking about the dangerous road in front of the daycare, etc etc. The story then said that a mother and her daughter had been killed in a car accident at the dangerous stretch of road. The entire presentation made it seem like the mother and daughter killed were a small child and parent COMING from the daycare. It insinuated that the road was a hazard for small children and parents that were customers of the daycare.

    When I read the article online and realized that the new story totally misrepresented the FACTS I was very, very disappointed to realize that Fox News (Capitol Broadcasting) had sunk to these low levels of tabloid-like journalism. Shame on you.

  • wildcat Oct 6, 2010

    When was the last time the 73 year old had her licence renewed?

  • wildcat Oct 6, 2010

    How tragic! My condolences to the family and friends.

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