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Two killed, four injured in I-95 wreck

Posted June 17, 2008

— Two women were killed Monday evening on Interstate 95 in Northampton County when their sport utility vehicle overturned, authorities said.

A Chevrolet Trailblazer was northbound on I-95 at about 7:25 p.m. Monday when it ran off the left of the highway near mile marker 177, hit a guardrail and overturned, said Trooper T.C. Wood of the state Highway Patrol.

Two women, whose names haven't been released, were thrown from the SUV and were killed. Neither was wearing a seat belt, Wood said.

Three other passengers were taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital, in Greenville, where two were listed in critical condition and the third was listed as stable.

The driver was taken to WakeMed and was listed in critical condition.

The names of the injured weren't released.

Northbound lanes of I-95 were closed for about two hours late Monday while the wreck was investigated. Southbound lanes also were closed because authorities wanted to land a medical helicopter on the highway, but they later decided to transport one of the victims by ambulance.

The six women in the SUV were traveling home to Baltimore from South Carolina, Wood said.

The wreck remains under investigation.


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  • killerkestrel Jun 18, 2008

    If you think it is important to wear your seatbelt on I-95, it is even more inportant to wear it on undivided primary and secondary roads. Interstates are the safest roads to travel on when one looks at the deaths per mile traveled.

  • Spirit Warrior BallReceptable Jun 17, 2008

    I got pulled over some years ago as part of the click it or ticket initiative, and that was enough of a wake up call for me to regularly buckle my seat belt. At the time, my motivations were less about safety, and more about not getting hassled by the fuzz, but I see the value of the policy now (It saves lives).

    Since these folks were from Baltimore, it's unlikely they would have known how strict NC is about seat belts. Still, I can't imagine how anyone could travel up and down the I95 corridor and not feel scared enough about the traffic to put on his or her seatbelt.

  • Mrs Fabulous 1 Jun 17, 2008

    I agree with you Big Cheese. I saw a young driver the other day driving and reaching in the back seat of his car while bumping some loud music. I know he couldn't have been in his seat belt the way he was reaching in the back seat and he was swerving on the road until he saw me coming. He straightened some but I slowed down and kept my distance. He looked like he was maybe 21 or 22 yrs old. Geez. Wear your seatbelts people! It could save your life.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Jun 17, 2008

    Better wear your seatbelts people... too much "hot dog" and tailgating going on on I-95. I dont understand why people complain about the gas prices but dont SLOW DOWN. Getting somewhere a few minutes early means nothing....