According to troopers two people are dead and two others injured after the car they were in ran off the road, eventually struck a tree, and then caught on fire in Beaufort County.
Sgt. Tim Crumpler tells WITN troopers were called to the scene around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. It happened on Wharton Station Rd. just south of Cherry Run Rd.
Crumpler says a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by 29-year-old Daneil McClees of Columbia ran a stop sign, ran off the road to the right, went into a ditch, then traveled into a wheat field and struck a tree. The car then caught fire.
Crumpler says McClees was killed in the wreck. The right front passenger 23-year-old Bobby Jay Moore of Columbia was also killed. The two back seat passengers, 28-year-old Yuri Spencer of Columbia and 21-year-old Zarian Bowser were both seriously injured and taken to the hospital. Officials at Pitt County Memorial Hospital listed them both in serious condition Monday morning.
Crumpler says the speed at the time of the crash was estimated at 80 to 85 mph. The speed limit on the road is 55. He also says alcohol was a factor.
The road was shut down for several hours as crews cleared the scene. It has now been reopened.
Toxicology reports are pending.