Two people died in a Sunday night head-on accident that temporarily closed Highway 43 north of Vanceboro in Craven County.
Investigators say the crash happened just after 6 p.m.
A Honda car driven by Major Lewis II, 35, was traveling south on Highway 43. Lewis ran off the road to the right, overcorrected, crossed the center line and collided head-on with a SUV driven by Levon Garris, 54, according to the investigating trooper.
Garris had two passengers in his car. Thurman Clark, 66, and Robert Wright, 60, both of Vanceboro were riding with Garris at the time of the crash.
Wright and Garris have been released from the hospital with minor injuries.
"When I saw him on the side of the road like that, he was coming back around I thought you know he'd kinda straighten up," said Wright," but the lights were coming. I didn't realize the car was right in front of us like that until I saw the picture up on the news, I didn't know it was that bad."
Clark and Lewis were both killed in the wreck.
The scene was near the highway's intersection with Mile Road, north of Vanceboro.