Troopers: Dozing driver crashes, kills brother

Troopers: Dozing driver crashes, kills brother

TYRRELL COUNTY - We made calls overnight and have confirmed Highway 94 is back open after a deadly crash involving a car colliding with a big rig, Monday.

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 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.

One resident who was evacuated Daphanie McClees said she heard the crash outside her home Monday night and called 911.

"I asked him (the driver) how many people were in the car and he said four. He said I can't find my brother. As I  walked toward him on the street the other man said stay back becasue he saw the body in the field, " McClees said. 

The driver Kelby Grubbs has been charged with 2 counts of misdemeanor death. Sgt. Crumpler said Grubbs told troopers he may have dozed off for him to cross center line.

The victim in the back left of the car has been identified as 31 year old Kevin Grubbs from Elizabeth City, the brother of the driver. The victim in the back right of the car has been identifies at 37 year old Calvin Perkins also from Elizabeth City.

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