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One killed, one injured in two-vehicle crash in Johnston County

Posted February 4, 2020 10:18 p.m. EST
Updated February 5, 2020 12:19 a.m. EST

— One person was killed and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash that happened Tuesday near Clayton.

According to a trooper with the NC State Highway Patrol, the two vehicles collided on NC 42 East near Clayton just before 7 p.m. Officials said one of the drivers, Thomas Schmidt, 30, of Kenly, was killed and the other was seriously injured.

Troopers also said the crash happened when a westbound driver, whose name is not being released, was passing another car and hit a vehicle head-on heading eastbound, killing the driver. The road was shut down for 2.5 hours following the crash and was opened again around 9:15 p.m.

Troopers said the driver who caused the crash is from Clayton and would face charges of death by vehicle and unsafe passing. He has spinal injuries and broken bones. He was recovering at WakeMed.

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