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By : Erin Smith

Car CrashA tragic wreck involving a farm tractor and a motor vehicle on Saturday afternoon resulted in a fatality.


North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Sellers said that a John Deere tractor being driven by Roderick Morris Jr., 56, of Bladenboro, was traveling west on Center Road.


Deborah Byrd Morris, 56, his wife, was driving a GMC SUV west on Center Road behind the tractor. Mrs. Morris’ vehicle collided with the boom sprayer which was extended from the side of the tractor. After colliding with the sprayer, Mrs. Morris’ SUV traveled off the roadway to the left and struck a pond and the vehicle was partially submerged, according to Trooper Sellers.


The couple’s daughter, Kelly Barnes, 30, of Myrtle Beach, SC, who was a passenger in Mrs. Morris’ vehicle, suffered minor injuries.


According to an eyewitness who wished to remain anonymous, off-duty Elizabethtown Police Detective D. Cheshire was at his mother’s home, which is located near the crash site, and immediately responded to the scene to assist the victims. According to the eyewitness, Lt. Cheshire entered the water and rescued Mrs. Morris and the couple’s daughter, Kelly Barnes, 30, of Myrtle Beach, SC. The eyewitness said Lt. Cheshire performed CPR on Mrs. Morris until more help arrived.



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