The Highway Patrol reports ten people lost their lives in wrecks in North Carolina during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. What the agency classified as the weekend was Wednesday at 6 p.m. through midnight Sunday.
Two of those fatal accidents happened in Eastern Carolina. Bruce Hill of Smyrna died in a wreck on Highway 70 near Beaufort in Carteret County Saturday. The passenger survived. Deb Parker was listed in good condition Monday morning at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
Another fatal wreck happened on US 117 just outside Mount Olive in Wayne County. Craig Moore, 30, of Shallotte, was killed when his truck plowed through a guardrail on the bridge over Highway 55 Sunday afternoon. His truck fell to the highway below, killing him.
Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Highway Patrol investigated eleven fatal collisions, 432 injury collisions and 1,457 property damage collisions. Troopers say many of those wrecks were caused by speed, which remains the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in North Carolina and the country.