Two killed, five injured in wreck on I-95 South in Smithfield
Posted March 26
Updated March 27
Smithfield, N.C. — Two people were killed and five others were injured early Wednesday in a head-on collision on Interstate 95 South in Smithfield, state troopers said.
Troopers said a Chevrolet Avalanche traveling northbound on I-95 crossed the median about 3 a.m. and hit a southbound Dodge Caravan near U.S. Highway 70 Business. The minivan traveled off the roadway and struck several trees.
The driver of the minivan, Michael Brennan, 32, of West Islip, N.Y., and a backseat passenger, Mark Klein, 35, of Surprise, Ariz., were killed. A front seat passenger, Kevin Klare Hickey, 40, of Titusville, Fla., was taken to WakeMed with minor injuries.
A 2-year-old and a woman were ejected from the Avalanche in the wreck, and the child was airlifted from the scene.
Three other passengers in the Avalanche were taken to WakeMed with serious injuries, and a fourth was unhurt. All the passengers in the Avalanche were from Kissimmee, Fla.
No details about the cause of the wreck have been released, but investigators said speed and alcohol were not factors.
The southbound lanes reopened at about 5:45 a.m after being closed for nearly three hours.