State troopers are investigating a three-vehicle accident north of Four Oaks that killed an older couple on Wednesday afternoon.
Several other people were transported to neighboring hospitals, said Lt. Jeff Gordon, a State Highway Patrol spokesman.
Investigators had not released the names of the victims by late Wednesday afternoon, pending notification of next of kin.
“I don’t know what their relationship was,” Gordon said. “I’m hearing they were married, but I don’t know for sure.”
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The accident occurred about 1:40 p.m. and involved three vehicles: a Chevrolet pickup, a Dodge Dakota pickup and a Kia passenger car, Gordon said.
The Chevrolet, described by Gordon as a work truck carrying plumbing supplies, was traveling west on N.C. 210 near Lassiter Road when it veered left of center and ended up in the path of the Dodge Dakota traveling in the eastbound lane.
The pickup trucks collided head-on. The force of the impact spun the Chevrolet around, and it ended up again in the eastbound lane where it was rear-ended by the Kia passenger car.
“The passenger car ran right under the pickup truck,” Gordon said.
The older couple were in the Dakota, Gordon said. Emergency workers pronounced them dead at the scene, he said.
A spokesman with the Johnston County Emergency Communications Center said a fleet of emergency responders were dispatched to the scene, including emergency medical service units and fire departments from Johnston County, Four Oaks and Angier.
Gordon said state troopers will confer with the district attorney’s office about possible charges once their investigation is complete.