LUMBERTON — A fiery crash on N.C. 72 West on Thursday killed two people, including a child. There was also the possibility of a toxic chemical spill.
The names of the deceased were not available.
Details were sketchy as highway patrolmen, lawmen and firefighters were working the scene into the early evening, but Donnie Blackburn, president of the Raft Swamp Fire Department, said the accident, which happened shortly after 1 p.m., involved a tractor-trailer and a passenger car.
Blackburn said the driver of the tractor-trailer apparently died in the fire, which was put out by firefighters from three departments, Raft Swamp, Deep Branch and Lumberton. He said the tractor-trailer had turned over and there was concern that chemicals it had been carrying were toxic and had been spilled. A crew from Fort Bragg was on its way to help with the cleanup.
The child who died was in the passenger car, and The Robesonian was told two adults in the vehicle were taken to McLeod Medical Center in Florence, S.C., for treatment. Their injuries were not known.
Blackburn said the accident happened near the Nash-Finch plant, and a large area had been cordoned off by patrolmen and sheriff’s deputies.
The Robesonian will update this story as details become available.