UPDATE: Accident Survivor's Condition Improves

Some encouraging news about the little girl who survived a crash that killed her mom, her siblings, and the man who had plans to legally adopt her.

Zanyiah Jones is now listed in fair condition, according to officials at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. That is an upgrade from critical condition, which is how she had been listed since the deadly accident ten days ago.

The crashed killed the driver, 19-year-old McKenzie Hart, and front seat passenger Trarica Burke, who was 21.

Two of Burke's three children died. One-year-old Zaivey Burke, and 5-month-old Zamarius Burke were killed, while 3-year-old Zanyiah Jones survived.

Troopers say Hart was the father of two of the children who died, and was in the process of adopting the child who survived the accident.

State troopers tell WITN News that the four killed where all in a Ford Tempo. That compact car and a logging truck hit head-on on Highway 158, outside of Winton.

Emergency management officials say it's the worst accident they've seen in twenty years.

The car was demolished beyond recognition. The log truck ended up some 30 feet into some nearby woods. The rig lost one of it's axles, which was laying on the highway.

Troopers say the car crossed into the path of the truck. Investigators say the truck's right wheels were well off the pavement as the truck tried to avoid the car when the collision occurred.

The truck driver, 35-year-old Kris Outlaw of Windsor, suffered minor injuries. No charges are expected.


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