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One killed, seven hurt in Duplin County truck crash

Posted September 1, 2008 10:24 a.m. EDT
Updated September 1, 2008 12:47 p.m. EDT

— One person died and seven were hurt Monday morning when a tractor-trailer crashed into the back of a farm truck carrying migrant workers in northeastern Duplin County, the Highway patrol said.

The crash happened as the farm truck had slowed and was turning into Maxwell Mill Road from N.C. Highway 11, Trooper J.M. Gurganus said. The tractor-trailer rounded a curve and was unable to stop, he said.

One of the workers was killed. Four were taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville and three to Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston.

The crash happened about 8:30 a.m.

Emergency Medical Services personnel called for several medical helicopters to transport patients to Pitt Memorial.

Pink Hill firefighters set up a landing zone for some of the helicopters. Others were sent to the Duplin County Airport to meet ambulances there.

Gurganus said the dead worker's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Charges were pending against the truck driver, troopers said. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries.