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Four burned, injured in Lenoir County crash

Posted September 26, 2010 7:08 p.m. EDT
Updated September 27, 2010 4:48 p.m. EDT

— Authorities in Lenoir County linked a wreck Saturday night near the intersection of Kennedy Home Road and U.S. Highway 70 East to the explosion of an apparent meth lab a few minutes earlier.

Members of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office found four people – two men and two women, all in their 20s – at the scene of a two-car collision suffering from second- and third-degree burns not a result of the wreck, Capt. Jim Oldenburg of the sheriff's office said.

Three people were listed in critical condition Monday at the UNC-Chapel Hill Medical School’s Jaycee Burn Center. They are:

  • Crystal Susan Martinez, 25, of 1268 N.C. Highway 58 South in Kinston
  • Lea Ann Oglesby, 28, of 197 Bland Howell Road in Kinston
  • Samuel Bullock, 25, of 1717 N.C. Highway in West Trenton.

Jason Forbes, 26, of 1268 N.C. Highway 58 South in Kinston was in serious condition.

Officers were responding to a report of an explosion at at 2487 Sutton Loop Road in La Grange when the call came in about the car wreck.

Oldenburg said firefighters found that a utility building had exploded on Sutton Loop Road. A search of the premises by sheriff's deputies revealed evidence that it had been used as a meth lab.

Oldenburg said it appeared the four left the Sutton Loop Road address together, but it was not clear whether they were seeking medical attention or were attempting to flee law enforcement when they crashed into another vehicle.