Catfish Lake Road has a history of serious and deadly crashes.
The unpaved, secondary road is in the Croatan National Forest and is often used as a shortcut between Havelock in Craven County to Maysville in Jones County. It connects Highway 70 and Highway 58.
The most serious accident was in April 2011 when a family of five drowned when their SUV went off the road and into a canal.
In March 2010, Marine Corps officials issued an order that troops were not allowed to travel the road unless they had a legitimate reason, including hunting, fishing or other recreational activities. The order is published on the website of the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
The website cited multiple crashes, including one that claimed the life of a Marine, as reasons for the 2010 order.
Several crashes are recorded in witn.com's archive.
January 2012: Two people were severely injured in crash on Catfish Lake Road near Maysville in Jones County.
September 2011: A high-speed chase ended with the suspect's car flipping on Catfish Lake Road in Jones County.
August 2010: A vehicle overturned and went up in flames on Catfish Lake Road in Craven County. The driver and child inside got out safely.
April 2010: A Marine was charged after two other Cherry Point Marines drowned when his car went into a canal after leaving Catfish Lake.
January 2010: Two people were hurt after their car flipped on Catfish Lake Road in Craven County.
Online records also indicate a Marine was killed after her truck flipped on Catfish Lake Road in November 2009.
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