Car Vs. 18-Wheeler Collision Kills Duplin County Woman

One person has died in a collision with an 18-wheeler Wednesday night.

Vidant Medical Center officials confirmed that 76-year-old Mary Brown Woodard died after her car and an 18-wheeler collided on Highway 41 near Beulaville Wednesday night.

Troopers say Woodard was not wearing a seat belt.

Troopers say Woodard failed to yield right of way and crashed into the big rig, causing to it slide into a ditch.

The driver of the truck, Carlton Sullivan of Mount Olive, was taken to Vidant Duplin Hospital. He was treated and released.


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Two people were sent to area hospitals following a crash on Highway 41 near Beulaville Wednesday night.

The Highway Patrol says an 18-wheeler and a car collided on Highway 41 in Duplin County, south of Beulaville, at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities say the collision sent the big rig into a ditch.

The woman in the car, 76-year-old Mary Brown Woodard was not wearing a seat belt and suffered serious injuries, according to lawmen. She was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. The driver of the truck, Carlton Sullivan of Mount Olive, was taken to Vidant Duplin Hospital.

Troopers say Woodard will be charged for failing to yield right of way and for not wearing a seat belt.


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  • by David on Mar 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
    I drive these big rigs for a living, it is sad that this lady lost her life because she failed to yield the right of way, and yes, the truck driver although not at fault, there will be one that tries to point blame at the truck, but he will have to live with this for life. I ask everyone, please, please, give these big rigs respect.
  • by gypsy's gmama Location: enc on Mar 22, 2012 at 05:31 PM
    So sad. Sometimes older drivers just forget the seat belt as an honest mistake. Prayers to the families.
  • by Idiot Location: Jones Co on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:09 PM
    Not that all great. If she was not following a law that says seatbelts must be worn. Do as I say and not as I do huh?
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 05:44 PM in reply to Idiot
      your name says it all......
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Winterville on Mar 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    Should also remember and pray for the truck driver. He did nothing wrong, but will have to live with remembering the accident.
  • by Brent Location: Mount Olive on Mar 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM
    My prayers go up for all involved. The Woodard Family will have a void in there life with their loved one gone. The driver of the rig will always wonder if there was something he could have done different. May God's hand heal all those effected by this tragic accident.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM
    Personally, would rather go quickly while I'm still walking and talkling than rust out laying in some nursing home like most of my relatives have.
  • by unknown Location: Beulaville on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:49 AM
    Prayers for the Woodard family...they lost a Great mother,grandmother,and so much more to many others who knew her. May she rest in peace. God Bless
  • by jerry Location: kinston on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:40 AM
    see there its not always the big rigs fault and remember they cannot stop as fast as a car
    • reply
      by physics 101 on Mar 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM in reply to jerry
      If you mess up with an 18 wheeler coming at you, look out.
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