Two men are dead after their SUV collided with a tractor trailer on Highway 264 near Braddy Road.
The fatal accident shut down lanes in both directions in Beaufort County.
Highway patrol say 54-year-old Ottis Lee Jones and 80-year-old David Henderson Sr., both from Belhaven, died on impact after colliding with a tractor-trailer.
Authorities says they have not yet determined what caused the driver of the SUV to cross the center line.
Authorities hope autopsy and toxicology reports will give them more clues into what caused the accident.
Highway 264 east of Washington is shut down in both directions this afternoon because of a bad accident.
State troopers tell WITN News that two people in an SUV were killed when their vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming tractor trailer.
Beaufort County Emergency Management Director John Pack says the 18-wheeler was carrying corn and the big rig's saddletank and primary tank are leaking diesel.
The wreck happened at the intersection of Highway 264 and Braddy Road around 3:30 p.m.
Highway 264 is being rerouted up Highway 32 past Northside High School.