Evacuating Family Involved In Fatal Wreck

The Nash County Sheriff's Office says a family of five from Manteo was involved in a fatal car accident as they were evacuating from Hurricane Irene.

The family was traveling west on U.S. 64 on the way to a friend's house around 11:21 p.m. Their vehicle struck a wooden pallet in the middle of the road causing the driver to lose control. After over-correcting, the vehicle flipped several times.

The driver, Bertha Gonzalez, 35, was killed on the scene. Her husband and three children, ages 3, 13 and 15, were taken to Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh.

The 13-year-old girl was riding in the rear, middle seat. She was ejected and airlifted to the hospital.

All passengers were wearing seat belts, and officials say alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

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  • by Tanya Location: OBX on Aug 27, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    I am so sorry for that family. Who would not secure they're pallets to where one would come off the load to cause an accident like that.
  • by Sue Location: Beaufort County on Aug 27, 2011 at 02:00 AM
    My condolences to this family. My prayers go out to you. May GOD comfort you in the days ahead.
  • by yukon on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    anyone know anything about the bad wreck in snow hill yesterday
  • by I READ! Location: ifiwasupyoura**youdknowit on Aug 26, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    The family was FROM Manteo,and was evacuating because of the storm - not IN Manteo when the accident happened. People don't read these stories - they skim and then make assumptions, having missed information - read the story, people.... On a more positive note, I'm very sorry for this family for their loss and their injuries - all because someone was not responsible enough to secure the load on their vehicle, or stop and pick up something that fell off. Hopefull they can track down who was carrying it and prosecute.
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      by Just Think on Aug 26, 2011 at 08:49 AM in reply to I READ!
      It could be this person didn't realize anything had fallen from their vehicle. Accidents happen and it could've been properly secure and something came loose. You shouldn't be making assumptions after just accusing someone of doing the same. Sad story and I pray for everyone involved!
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      by To: I READ on Aug 26, 2011 at 09:56 AM in reply to I READ!
      Nice location name. Yeh Im sure it will be an easy case for law enforcement to track down the person or persons responsible for losing a pallet, Im sure the guilty parties name is engraved in the pallet!
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:30 AM
    This same type of debris was in a roadway once, in my path. Many trucks travel our road and I was just lucky to see it in time, but it was daytime. Debris in the roadway is a tragedy waiting to happen. So sad for this family; God bless them.
  • by Antionette Location: Jacksonville, NC on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:28 AM
    Prayers go out to the family! People please be safe on the roads, it's going to get crazy!
  • by Fran on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:23 AM
    Prayers go out for this family.
  • by Brad on Aug 26, 2011 at 03:21 AM
    Such a tragedy! Prayers fo out to the family!
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Aug 26, 2011 at 03:06 AM
    'Why was a pallet in the road"??? More than likely it was unsecured and fell off of a workers truck. It is one of those freak accidents, nothing the driver or family could do.... It is difficult to see something like that at that time of night. It is a shame to have loss of life when their intentions were to try and be safe by evacuating.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011 at 05:24 AM in reply to Shine
      I saw DOT trucks all day yesterday and town of manteo workers. Someone could have picked that up but the seldom do until someone calls to complain enough even though they see it. This could have been avoided.
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        by SoManyMike on Aug 26, 2011 at 05:39 AM in reply to
        Why is everyone assuming the pallet was there for a long time? For all we know, the pallet could have fallen off a truck moments or minutes before this accident. It is tragic, and if anyone is to blame it would be the individual that did not secure the pallet properly.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011 at 06:39 AM in reply to
        the wreak was not in manteo it was in Nash County
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        by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011 at 06:43 AM in reply to
        the wreck happened in Nash Co. Why would Town of Manteo workers pick it up?
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        by READ on Aug 26, 2011 at 08:08 AM in reply to
        How about read before you comment and make assumptions! The wreck did not even occur in Manteo!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011 at 02:41 AM
    Why was there a pallet in the middle of the road?? This is why things like that should be picked up during the day instead of left til someone whos job it isnt comes and picks it up. Prayers to the family for the loss and that the surviving members will recover.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011 at 02:46 AM in reply to
      I agree..why was the pallet there? I am sure someone else saw it and why didn't they stop to move it or even call to report it being there? How sad; my prayers go out for this family.
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        by Shine on Aug 26, 2011 at 03:09 AM in reply to Anonymous
        Anomymous, I agree. It has gotten to be such a 'me world' that the good meighbor and good samaritan beliefs don't exist anymore. It is a shame.
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          by help on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:58 PM in reply to Shine
          I agree,i always call 911 to help with cars or road stuff and we need more people like you to remeber to do that. We always can make the world a safe and better place to live in
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