According to Lexington police, Thomas Wilson, of Raleigh, and David Earl Morgan, 35, of Williamston, were the two men killed. Police said crashinformation will be sent to the district attorney's office to determine if charges will be filed.
In addition to the fatalities, four people were injured in the accident, which investigators described as a series of crashes. The first occurred at 6:51 a.m. at the intersection of I-85 Business Loop and Piedmont Drive, in front of Lexington Senior High School.
The crashes left vehicles and parts of vehicles scattered across both the northbound and southbound lanes of the road, shutting down a section of the highway for the entire morning. The road was reopened by about noon.
Police believe Morgan and Wilson were killed when they stopped to assist with the initial accident. They were outside their vehicle when they were struck.
Another man who had stepped outside of his vehicle also was struck and injured.
Morgan and Wilson were riding in a red commercial truck owned by Joe Moore and Co. of Raleigh, 1431 Gavin Street, 832-1665.
The cause and other details remain under investigation by both the Highway Patrol and Lexington police. Officers spent the morning attempting to match up drivers to their vehicles and determine which vehicles struck each other.
Vehicles involved in the accident included a white Chrysler minivan, a gray Geo Tracker, a gray sedan, a white Chevrolet Blazer, a maroon Ford Explorer and a truck hauling a flat-bed trailer.
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