UPDATE: Troopers Identify Victims In Fatal Onslow County Accident

The Highway Patrol has identified two drivers that were killed Friday afternoon in an Onslow County accident.

Troopers say that 42-year-old Sherry Ellis of Rocky Mount, and 73-year-old Edward Johnson of Franklin, Virginia were killed following an accident on Highway 258, north of Richlands around 2:40 p.m.

Officials say that Ellis crossed the center line in her KIA SUV and collided head on with Johnson who was driving a Ford SUV. 42-year-old Bobbie Jo Bateman of Rock Mount, a passenger in the KIA, was critically injured in the accident and airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

Highway Patrol Trooper R.W. West says that speed was not a factor in the accident. West says that according to witnesses, Ellis appeared to be driving impatiently before the accident.

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State troopers say two people are dead after a head-on crash in Onslow County this afternoon.

The accident happened around 2:40 p.m. on Highway 258, north of Richlands. The wreck was in Onslow County, near the Jones County line.

Trooper R.W. West says an SUV traveling toward Kinston crossed the center line and struck another SUV that was southbound.

He says both drivers were killed, while a front seat passenger in the first SUV was critically injured and airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

A dog in the second SUV survived the crash and is with a neighbor for now.

Highway 258 was shut down for about three hours because of the crash. Troopers have yet to release the names of the victims.