Troopers say a Kinston man who recently got out of the military was killed in Wednesday morning's accident in Lenoir County.
27-year-old Joseph Shipp III died when his car crossed the center line on U.S. 258, and struck a dump truck head on. That dump truck was pulling a bulldozer on a flatbed.
A pickup truck then hit the dump truck after it jackknifed. The driver of the pickup, 20 year old Christopher Futrell of Pink Hill, was trapped in his vehicle for nearly two hours. He has since been released from the hospital.
Troopers still don't know why Shipp crossed the center line. They say the man was coming home from working the night shift at his job in Wilmington when the accident happened around 8:40 a.m.
A head-on deadly crash this morning closed traffic on Highway 258, south of Kinston for nearly five hours.
The three vehicle accident happened around 8:40 a.m. near John Green Smith Road, that's in the vicinity of Woodington Middle School.
The accident involved two vehicles and a dump truck that was towing a bulldozer. The dump truck was from Tripp Brothers, Inc. of Ayden.
Troopers say the dump truck was southbound, while a car coming north crossed the center line and hit the truck head on. The dump truck jackknifed and went into the other lane. A pickup truck that was also heading north then ran under the back of the dump truck, while the car was beneath the front.
Some 90 minutes after the crash rescue crews were able to free the driver of the pickup truck. That person was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center, while the driver of the car died in the crash.
Authorities say the dead man was a member of the military, while the driver of the pickup truck suffered a broken leg.
The highway reopened around 1:30 p.m. Names of those involved have not yet been released by the Highway Patrol.