The first fatal wreck of the year in Craven County on Highway 43 claimed the lives of 2 men from Vanceboro Sunday night. Highway Patrol spoke to WITN about the best ways to handle situations thrown at drivers on such narrow highways.
Preliminary reports show speed did not cause the crash in Vanceboro. First Sgt. Kevin Rock says Major Lewis II of Vanceboro was southbound on Highway 43 when he ran off the road, over corrected, then hit an oncoming SUV head-on that had 3 people inside. Lewis and one of those passengers, Thurman Clark of Vanceboro, was killed. The Highway Patrol says although many wrecks occur from over correcting, distractions, and being unfamiliar with narrow roads, speed is the number one factor. It is easier to run off the road with less street lighting, and fewer guardrails and sidewalks in rural areas. Here's what he says you should do if you run off the road.
"If you drop off on the shoulder take your foot off the gas and hold it steady, and when you slow back down and you can ease back on the road safely then do so." said First Sgt. Rock.
The Highway Patrol says the number of fatalities in 2012 across Craven and Pamlico counties was 12 total.That number is cut in half from 2011 when there were 24 fatal wrecks.
The driver and other passenger in the SUV were taken to the hospital.
State troopers say two Vanceboro men were killed in Sunday night's accident that closed down a major highway in Craven County for a couple of hours.
The Highway Patrol says Major Lewis II of Vanceboro was southbound on Highway 43 when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, over corrected, then cross the center line and struck an oncoming sports utility vehicle.
The SUV was driven by Levon Garris of Winterville.
Troopers say Lewis and a passenger in Garris' vehicle, Thurman Clark of Vanceboro, were both killed in the accident.
Garris and another passenger in his vehicle were taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
Highway 43 north of Vanceboro in Craven County is now open following a crash that killed two people Sunday night.
Two vehicles collided head-on. Officials say a car was headed south when it veered off the road, overcorrected and crossed the center line, slamming head-on into a sport utility vehicle. There were three people in the SUV and one in the car. Two injured people were taken to the hospital.
Troopers on scene say that a person was killed in each vehicle and were notifying next of kin before names would be released.