Victims identified in double fatal accident in front of Richlands High School

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Police have identified the victims in Tuesday afternoon's deadly crash in front of Richlands High School.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m., shortly after students had been dismissed for the day.

Richland Police Chief Ron Lindig says Joseph Walker, 76, of Fayetteville was driving a minivan that crashed into a pickup truck. That pickup was driven by Lisa Booth, 32, of Jacksonville. Both drivers were killed in the crash.

A passenger in the pickup, Tammy Suire of Jacksonville, remains hospitalized.

Lindig says Booth's 2-1/2 year old, and Suire's 10-month-old, were also injured in the crash, but are going to be okay.

"We're still in shock," said Booth's neighbor, Stephanie Schultek. "We don't know what to do right now, just taking it day by day trying to figure out what to do next."

The police chief says they are waiting on the medical examiner to find out if there was any medical reason that the Fayetteville man's minivan crossed into the path of the pickup.

Walker died at the scene, while Booth was pronounced dead at the hospital.


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Police say two people have died and another airlifted after an accident in front of an Onslow County high school shortly after students left for the day. A 10-month old and a 2-1/2 year old survived the crash.

The crash happened in front of Richlands High School around 2:30 p.m.

Authorities say it was a head-on collision between two vehicles and that a medical helicopter was called to airlift some of the victims.

Richlands Police Chief Ron Lindig says the driver of a green minivan died after it collided with a Ford pickup truck.

The chief says there were two women in the pickup, along with a baby and a toddler. One of the women was airlifted to the hospital. The other was taken by ambulance but died at the hospital.

The young children are "doing just fine" according to the chief. Each of their mothers were in the vehicle with them when the accident happened.

Highway 24/U.S. 258 was down to one lane in each direction for nearly two hours, but has since reopened.

Rescue crews were at the high school about 90 minutes before the crash conducting a mock accident for students attending their upcoming prom.