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Two men killed in Lee County crash

Posted October 6, 2008
Updated October 7, 2008

— The state Highway Patrol says two men were killed Monday evening in a head-on crash near Sanford.

It happened at about 8:30 p.m. on Highway 87, near the Carolina Trace development.

Troopers say Michael S. Reel, 32, of Fayetteville, crossed the center line in his blue Buick and hit Paul J. Gilmore, 57, of Sanford, who was driving a burgundy Cadillac.

Both men died at the scene, officials said.

Traffic was backed up along Highway 87 while the wreckage was cleared.

Troopers said there was no indication that alcohol was a factor, however, they were waiting for toxicology reports to come back.


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  • a2theizzle Oct 7, 2008

    localjoe- No, I didn't get a good look, the state troopers closed a big chunk of the highway off. There were tons of lights.

  • LibertarianTechie Oct 7, 2008

    Accidents like this one could have been prevented when the DOT expanded NC87 years ago when it went from two lanes to what it is now. If a median was put in versus a turn lane, this may not have happened.

  • enoughsenough Oct 7, 2008

    jkca: Very true and scary, we are not promised tomorrow.

  • Heather Oct 7, 2008

    That is so scary! My 17 year old daughter drove through there not 5-10 minutes before that happened. Prayers go out to their families.

  • jkca Oct 7, 2008

    What an awful and true realization that at any moment, your life can be zapped away from you in the blink of an eye. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Seeminglyopposed Oct 7, 2008

    ONEHARDHEAD- To stir up comments like yours so people like myself can come here and agree with you. I have been in a terrible wreck that killed my grandmother, and sadly to say even back in 1978, journalism still is what it is. And you are correct, families don't need to read things that are not sure in these types of situation, it causes a great deal of pain.

  • Seeminglyopposed Oct 7, 2008

    localjoe-I hope that they were not one of your family members. My thoughts and prayers go out to who ever family is facing this tragedy this morning.

  • ONEHARDHEAD Oct 7, 2008

    If the trooper said there was no indication that alcohol was a factor, then WHY DOES WRAL MENTION ALCOHOL? The families involved are already distraught enough without irresponsible journalism putting a worse light on this already tragic situation.

  • localjoe Oct 6, 2008

    a2theizzle do you know what the vehicles involved were or what they looked like or anyone else that might know. I have family members that live close to there.

  • a2theizzle Oct 6, 2008

    I saw the wreck from far away, it was bad, There was alot of police cars there. There was also alot of smoke. It's sad that 2 people were killed and i was like 100 yards away from it.