The driver of a vehicle that struck a tanker carrying jet fuel has been charged with killing two people, one of them his own brother.
The Highway Patrol has released the names of those killed in the deadly tanker wreck that sent three to the hospital Monday afternoon.
Investigators said 28-year-old Kevin Grubbs and 36-year-old Calvin Perkins, both of Elizabeth City, died on the scene of the wreck.
Troopers say the driver of a passenger car, 25-year-old Kelby Grubbs, may have fallen asleep at the wheel around 4:20 p.m. Monday when he veered off the road then over corrected. Troopers said he jerked the vehicle so hard back onto the road, it spun the vehicle into the opposite lane, where the tanker was traveling.
Troopers said the passenger car had a broadside impact from the tanker, killing both backseat passengers.
The driver of the tractor trailer, Jack Harrell of Roanoke Rapids, was treated and released Monday night. Both Grubbs and his front-seat passenger, James Jordan of Elizabeth City, remain in the hospital at Vidant Medical Center.
Grubbs has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle for the deaths of his brother and Perkins.
Troopers said one home was evacuated after the wreck as a precautionary measure, due to the fuel spill.
After fuel clean-up, Highway 94 re-opened shortly before 4:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Highway 94 in Tyrrell County is open again from South Riders Creek to Levels Road, the Highway Patrol reported at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Crews were there for hours following a fatal accident at 4 p.m. Monday, which spilled jet fuel.
Tyrrell County Sheriff Darryl Liverman says two people were killed in the crash with an 18-wheeler hauling jet fuel. Their names have not been released, though the information could come out later Tuesday morning. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
In addition to the two people killed, two others were listed in serious condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. The driver of the truck had minor injuries, officials said.
One house was evacuated because of the jet fuel leak.
Tyrrell County Sheriff Darryl Liverman tells WITN the accident happened around 4:00 p.m. Highway Patrol is investigating exactly what happened.
Liverman says two people in the car were killed. Their identities have not been released.
The 18-wheeler is flipped over in the middle of the road on Highway 94 leaking some jet fuel. Hazmat crews are on the scene and one house had to be evacuated.
Highway 94 is closed from South Riders Creek to Levels Road and is expected to be that way until early Tuesday morning.
Highway Patrol says the passenger car was headed North on Highway 94 when it went off the right side of the road for some reason, then overcorrected and crossed over the center line and slammed into the 18-wheeler headed South.
The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the cause of the accident.
Two other people in the car are being treated at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville and are in serious condition. The truck driver did have some minor injuries but troopers say he is expected to be treated and released.