A two-vehicle accident on N.C. 24 between Autryville and Roseboro Saturday afternoon has left three people seriously injured, two of them children. Initial reports indicate that both children were airlifted to area medical facilities in what was believed to be critical condition.
Follow-up information on their conditions was not available at press time. Find updates on The Independent’s website at www.clintonnc.com.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. M.G. McLamb, the accident happened just after 1 p.m., just west of Pumpkintown Road, when a passenger vehicle, headed west, crossed the center line, ran off the left shoulder then came back onto the roadway, striking the back wheels of a tractor-trailer traveling east on N.C. 24.
The truck’s driver was not injured, according to the trooper.
The three passengers in the vehicle — a woman and two children — were all injured. Their names had not yet been released.
According to law enforcement and EMS personnel on scene, two helicopters were called in to airlift the youngsters to area hospitals and an ambulance transported the adult, reportedly a female, to a medical facility.
Traffic was backed up along N.C. 24 for over an hour and eventually rerouted down Horseshoe Road as crews worked to first free the passengers and later to clear the roadway of debris from the accident.
McLamb said it could be later Sunday before a full report on the accident would be available.