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Woman, three children injured in Fayetteville wreck

Posted July 27, 2010 11:35 a.m. EDT
Updated August 11, 2010 3:59 p.m. EDT

— A woman and her three children were injured in a wreck on Country Club Drive in Fayetteville on Tuesday morning.

Fayetteville Police said Syreeta Fultz, 29, of Ruby Drive, crossed the center line on Country Club Drive and ran head-on into a dump truck. A third vehicle was also struck in the wreck, which occurred between Murchison and Rosehill roads.

"Miss Fultz was trapped inside the vehicle and had three kids in the back seat," Grubb said.

Fultz's three children – aged 2, 6, 8 – were rescued quickly and taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

"The mother took a little bit longer because she was stuck inside the vehicle, but they got her out as quickly as they could," Grubb said.

Firefighters had to cut away the top of the car to free her. She was brought to Cape Fear but later flown to UNC Hospitals.

Fultz suffered multiple fractures and injuries and was listed in serious condition Wednesday morning. Two of her children were listed in critical conciditoin and one was listed in fair condition. On Wednesday, police identified the children as Jeremiah Fultz, 6, Ayreon Guillory, 2, and Isaiah Fultz, 8.

The dump truck driver, William Frazee II, 49, of Linden, was not seriously hurt and was not transported for treatment, police said. Grubb said the truck is owned by W.B. Hauling of Linden. It was not loaded at the time of the wreck.

The occupants of the third vehicle, Velvie Autry, 51, and John Autry, 57, both of Fayetteville, were also transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment. Their vehicle had minor damage.

Charges are being withheld pending an investigation, Grubb said.

"At this time, we do not believe alcohol was a factor and it is too early to tell if speed was a factor," Grubb said. "We do feel that the weather contributed to the accident."

The eastbound lanes of Country Club Drive were shut down for more than two hours while crews cleared the wreck.