Deadly Crash Near Duplin-Lenoir County Line

A Deep Run man is dead after troopers say his pickup truck hit a patch of black ice Thursday morning in Duplin County.

The Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 9:00 a.m. on Highway 11 outside of Pink Hill, just inside Duplin County.

Troopers say the driver of a Chevy S-10 pickup was driving too fast for conditions when he hit black ice and lost control. His pickup went sideways into the other lane and was hit by another oncoming pickup truck. Troopers say the driver of the first truck, 65-year-old Michael Waller, was killed. They say the other driver, 52-year-old Danny Steele of Wilmington, was not injured.

There have been numerous other accidents on Highway 11 because of snow and ice. In Deep Run three different wrecks closed down the road for a while at the Southwest Creek bridge near South Lenoir High School.


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  • by silvia Location: pink hill on Dec 17, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    just found out who was involved in the accident my smpathy goes out to the waller family. sabra must be heart broken. sabra be strong because you know thats what phil would have wanted! We are here for you ATTT. Silvia
  • by Shirley Brown Location: Pink Hill, N.C. on Dec 16, 2010 at 09:18 PM
    I DO NOT KNOW THIS PERSON BUT MY SYMATHY GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND FREINDS.GOD BE WITH THEM.
  • by Yvonne Location: Pink HIll on Dec 16, 2010 at 09:12 PM
    Mitzi, this is the husband of Sabra Waller, the librarian at the Pink HIll Public Library. Tragic. Prayers have been lifted for Sabra and the family all day and will continue to do so.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2010 at 08:33 PM
    thoughts and prayers being lifted for the family during this difficult time.
  • by Steve Grissom on Dec 16, 2010 at 08:31 PM
    Mitzi Bromberg, This was the husband of Sabra Waller. You should call Sabra and talk with her about the details.
  • by Anon Location: Kinston, NC on Dec 16, 2010 at 07:13 PM
    Mitzi, yes it is her husband. So sorry to the family. I know his son. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. Please know that even in your hurt God is with you and I pray he gives you peace in this difficult time.
  • by Tod Location: liddell on Dec 16, 2010 at 06:44 PM
    he was a nice man only met him a few times but a great guy prayers to the family
  • by Nadine Banks Greene Location: La Grange NC on Dec 16, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    Sabra my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
  • by RP Location: Pink Hill on Dec 16, 2010 at 05:27 PM
    I drive these roads all the time and just went pass this road and saw the squad cars and TV station crew about 10 am today. My sincerest condolences to the families/friends of Mr. Waller. Hope the other driver is fine.
  • by Barbara Location: Pink Hill on Dec 16, 2010 at 05:13 PM
    sorry for your loss. Mr. Phil you will be truely missed. we love u. our prayers go out to the family.
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