A high school teacher died this morning while on her way to work in Duplin County, and troopers say the woman's daughter was the first on the crash scene.
Trooper Charles Best says Stephanie Alphin's vehicle ran off Garner Chapel Road, overcorrected, struck a ditch, became airborne, and then hit a telephone pole. The accident happened around 7:20 a.m.
The 45-year-old was a teacher assistant at North Duplin High School.
The Highway Patrol lists speed and driver distraction as factors in the crash. They said Alphin did have her seat belt on.
Trooper Best says the woman's daughter was following her mother, and while the daughter did not actually see the crash, she was the first person on the scene and called 911.
Alphin had worked for the school system since 2002, and was the online course facilitator for the high school.
"Our Duplin County School's family is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Mrs. Alphin. She was passionate about ensuring her students had whatever necessary to be successful in their courses," said Superintendent Austin Obasohan. "On behalf of the Board of Education, our thoughts and our prayers go out to Mrs. Alphin's family. We are also praying for the entire North Duplin Community and will do everything we can to support them as they work through this truly difficult time."
Additional guidance counselors and social workers from throughout the district are at North Duplin today.
It's the second time this school year that Duplin County has lost a teacher because of a traffic accident.
Back in November, Lori Pierce was killed in an accident in Onslow County. Pierce was a teacher at Wallace-Rose Hill School.
The Highway Patrol is actively investigating a wreck that turned fatal on Tuesday morning.
The Duplin County Fire Marshal's office confirmed around 7:30 Tuesday morning, a single vehicle hit a power pole along Garner Chapel Road near Mount Olive.
The fire marshal tells WITN only the driver was in that car, and that driver was killed in the wreck.
The Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate this case.
The driver's name or cause of the wreck has not yet been released.
Crews said while the power pole broke, power lines remained in place after the crash.