The Highway Patrol says three people were airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital following a head on collision in New Bern Sunday.
Troopers say 20-year-old, Cameron Ray of New Bern looked down at his iPod and ended up colliding with a pickup truck, coming in the opposite direction on Williams Rd in New Bern. The accident was reported at 5:20 p.m.
Troopers say Ray was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, along with one of his passengers, 20-year-old Miguel Cruz of New Bern. He was sitting in the front passenger seat. The other person in the car, 19-year-old Andrew Woodward of New Bern, was taken by ambulance to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.
The pick up truck that Ray collided with was driven by 64-year-old John Martell of Pollocksville. His truck was pulling a 24-foot trailer with a boat at the time of the accident. His wife, 64-year-old Edith Martell, was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Martell and two other passengers, 45-year-old Jim Arthur and 61-year-old Elizabeth Benton, both of New Bern, were taken to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.
According to the trooper's report, Ray so far faces a charge of driving left of center.
That driver, 20-year-old, Cameron Ray of New Bern was traveling north on Williams Road around 5:20 p.m. Sunday.
Troopers say Ray hit a black pickup truck heading south on Williams Road, head on.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, seven people, including the driver of the pickup truck, 53-year-old John Martell from Pollocksville, were injured in the crash.
Two people in the accident were cut out of the vehicles by rescue crews.
It's not clear, if those two were the victims airlifted by Two EastCare helicopters to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
Five others were taken to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.
There's no word on the conditions of the victims or their names.
Troopers could not specific how many passengers were in each vehicle.
EastCare Helicopters were dispatched to the scene of a serious vehicle crash in Craven county.
It happened just after 5:00PM Sunday evening on Williams Road and Airline Drive near Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in Craven county.
We're told there are multiple victims involved in the crash, but the severity of their injuries are unknown.
We'll bring you more information as it become available to us.