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2 volunteers helping with Hurricane Matthew recovery in NC killed in wreck

Two members of a Christian ministry working to help with Hurricane Matthew recovery in North Carolina were killed in a single-vehicle wreck in Robeson County on Tuesday, the N.C. Highway Patrol said.

Joshiah Miller, 47, and Kevin Koder, 19, both from Hustonville, Ky., were helping North Carolina recover from the storm that devastated parts of the state in October 2016. They were working with Christian Aid Ministries, a Mennonite/Amish organization in Berlin, Ohio.

Both men died of injuries they received in a wreck at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at N.C. 711 and Pine Log Road. Koder and Miller were passengers in a 2005 Chevy truck towing a trailer, according to the Highway Patrol.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement Wednesday about the men killed in the wreck.

“I’m deeply saddened by this tragic loss of life,” Cooper said. “Kristin and I got to work alongside volunteers from this group last fall in Lumberton, and we were so impressed by their skill and selfless dedication to helping North Carolinians recovery from Hurricane Matthew. Our prayers are with their friends and family.”

The driver of the truck was Wesley Jay Miller, 34, of Belle Center, Ohio, according to the Highway Patrol. Miller told troopers he was traveling east on N.C. 711 when the truck drifted onto the shoulder.

Because he was towing a trailer, Miller told troopers he tried to slowly steer the truck back onto the highway. But the trailer jackknifed and the truck was pulled off the road, into a ditch. The passenger side of the truck hit a tree.

Two other passengers were injured: Ben Miller, 15, of Belle Center, Ohio, and Eric Yoder, 20, of Hustonville, Ky.

Miller was not injured and was charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle.

No other information was immediately available.

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