Two People Killed, Three Others Hurt in Major Crash on North Carolina Interstate

Two People Killed, Three Others Hurt in Major Crash on North Carolina InterstateA crash in Havelock, North Carolina, took the lives of two women and injured three more on Saturday, July 16, in a two vehicle crash that occurred on Interstate 70 at the intersection of Tucket Creek, ENC Today reports.

According to the news source, North Carolina Highway Patrol said that the driver, Kenneth Harper, and his wife, Georgia, were returning from La Grange in the westbound lanes of I-70 in a Ford Excursion with a boat in-tow behind the vehicle when witnesses say the car swerved hard to the right and smashed into a pole at the intersection.

The large vehicle spun off of the pole and began to roll while the boat was still connected, and proceeded to crash into a Dodge Caliber driven by Adrianne Nolen, who was stopped at a red light. Nolen was treated for minor injuries at the scene, the media outlet stated.

Kathy Barrow, 52, was riding in the Excursion when the accident happened and suffered major brain trauma. She was rushed to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where she was put on life support and later died. Borrow's boyfriend, Frank French, sustained minor injuries, as did the driver, Kenneth Harper.

Harper's 56-year-old wife, Georgia, died at the scene.

When questioned by North Carolina State Troopers, Harper said he did not know how the accident happened. The crash is currently under investigation by the police, although preliminary reports suggest that no drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, the news source stated.

No charges have been filed against Harper, but state troopers are reportedly consulting with District Attorney Scott Thomas about any possible charges.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 364,817 reported traffic accidents in 2009, causing 2,034 fatalities.