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Fatal Wreck Near Onslow-Pender County Line Involving Inmate Van & Truck

Authorities have identified the person killed after a county inmate van and a pickup truck collided, catching fire.

Emergency crews were called to the crash around 4:30 p.m. on Highway 53 at the intersection of Highway 50, that's between Jacksonville and Burgaw.

The accident happened near the Onslow-Pender County line, in Maple Hill.

It involved a Pender County inmate transport van and several other vehicles. There were four inmates in the van, along with two officers.

State troopers say the inmate van was headed west on Highway 53 and it collided with a pickup truck that was heading south on Highway 50.

Troopers say the driver of the truck pulled out in front of the van and ws killed. She's identified as 67-year-old Lonnie McGhee from Turkey, NC.

The Highway Patrol says the crash impact sent the truck into two parked cars at the convenience store. The pickup truck caught fire and McGhee was killed. Luckily no one was in the two parked cars.

Traffic on Highway 50 has a stop sign at the intersection. Authorities are still investigating the crash.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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