The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that two people died when their car went off the road and hit trees when it was traveling southbound on I-95 in Halifax County. The wreck happened between Halifax and Enfield around 7:15 a.m., the highway patrol said.
Stephen Speight, 63, of Newark, N.J., and Arthur Demming, 65, of East Orange, N.J., died after they both were ejected from car when it ran off the road about eight miles west of Enfield, hit a tree and overturned, troopers said.
A third person, who was not identified, was injured and taken to hospital. The highway patrol said the wreck happened because the driver of the car, who was not identified, fell asleep and ran off the road.
In Nash County, northbound lanes of I-95 were closed after a crash involving two tractor-trailers and a car. One tractor-trailer spilled logs all over the highway.
The highway patrol said a motorist cut off the logging truck. The truck ran off the road to the right, oversteered trying to get straightened out, slid across the road, and ran off on the left side, spilling the load.
The truck driver was not injured. Two cars were damaged hitting logs, but those drivers weren't injured, either. There is no description of the vehicle that caused the accident.
For more than an hour after the wreck, vehicles were using the shoulder to navigate around the wreck, which was at mile marker 130.
Neither wreck was associated with any winter weather.
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