Pickup Truck Driver Dies In Highway 11 Crash Near Pink Hill

One driver has died in an accident Thursday that closed down Highway 11 in Lenoir County.

State troopers say Thomas Strickland, 22 from Autryville in Sampson County, died last night at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The crash happened around 4:10 p.m. just north of Pink Hill.

Strickland was driving a pickup truck that pulled out from the Dollar General and was hit by a northbound tractor trailer.

The highway was shut down for several hours due to the crash.

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A serious accident closed down a major highway in southern Lenoir County Thursday afternoon.

The Highway Patrol says Highway 11, just north of Pink Hill, is back open as of about 7:00 p.m.

The accident involved a tractor trailer and a pickup truck, right in front of the Food Lion.

Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail says the pickup truck driver was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Dail says it doesn't appear the tractor trailer driver was injured.

Both lanes of the highway were shut down.