Four people received injuries of varying degrees earlier in the week following a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 421, 8.2 miles south of Dunn near State Road 1633 or OBJ Road.
The accident occurred on July 30 when a vehicle traveling north attempted to pass a tractor-trailer and struck a southbound vehicle head-on.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol reports, Charles Thomas Crumpler of Newton Grove was in the Chevrolet truck traveling south on U.S. 421 when Elizabeth LaRose of Buis Creek attempted to pass the tractor-trailer. Crumpler attempted to pull off the road to the right to avoid the collision and LaRose ran off the road to the left in a similar attempt, but the vehicles struck head-on in the southbound lane of U.S. 421.
Crumpler, investigators said, received minor injuries and was not transported from the scene. LaRose was taken to Sampson Regional Medical Center and later released.
But Crumpler’s wife, Mary, a passenger in his truck, had to be airlifted from the scene to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, and Rick Roe of Buis Creek, a passenger in LaRose’s vehicle, was airlifted to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.
Their conditions were not available at press time Saturday.
Trooper R.K. Williams charged LaRose with improper passing.
The accident, which occurred around 9 p.m., forced the closure of U.S. 421 for approximately one hour.
(Sherry Matthews can be reached at 910-249-4612. Follow her on Twitter @sieditor1960 and the paper @SampsonInd.)