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Two Die In Crash With Log Truck

Two people are dead after the car they were in hit a log truck Thursday night in Martin County. Troopers Tell WITN the car was speeding but are not sure how fast it was going. Troopers also say the driver of the truck could face additional charges including misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

The Highway Patrol says about 6:30 p.m. on Prison Camp Road in Williamston, the log truck driver was backing into the driveway of his home blocking both lanes on Prison Camp Road. A car headed north hit the log truck.

Investigators say the car driven by 49-year-old William Stokes ended up under the logging truck, killing Stokes and his passenger, 34-year-old Calandra Cooper. The Highway patrol says the car was speeding, but have not been able to determine just how fast.

"The driver of the truck will be cited he has an obligation to make sure the roadway is clear before backing up into the roadway." said Trooper Haywood Singleton.

Troopers say the truck driver, Garland Cratt, was cited for reckless driving because he did not make sure the road was clear before he starting backing up. Troopers say he could also be cited for misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. The Logging truck did have reflective tape along the trailer.

A woman who answered the phone at Cratt's home said he wasn't home and wouldn't take a message from a reporter.


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