18-Wheeler Crash Kills 2, Shuts Down Highway

An 18-wheeler hauling jet fuel crashed with a car, killing two people, the Highway Patrol said. The wreck caused jet fuel to leak, shutting down the road and prompting a hazmat crew to respond.

The crash happened about 5:00 p.m. Monday on Highway 94, between South Riders Creek and Levels Road in Tyrrell County, said Sergeant Tim Crumpler. That area of the highway was closed as of Monday night.

The car was traveling north on Highway 94, when the driver went off the right side of the road, Sgt. Crumpler said. The driver then over-corrected into the center line and slammed into the 18-wheeler, killing two people in the car.

Two other people in the car survived, Sgt. Crumpler said. They were being treated at Vidant Medical Center. The truck driver was also injured, but he was expected to be okay.

The identities of the victims were not released, because family members needed to be notified, Sgt. Crumpler said.

The 18-wheeler was flipped over on Highway 94 as of Monday night. Hazmat crews were working to clean the leaking jet fuel from the road. No word on when the highway will reopen.

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