Two crashes in Bladen County lead to three fatalities
By Erin Smith
The first crash occurred on Wednesday afternoon at about 3 p.m. on NC 20 as a vehicle was attempting to pass two commercial trucks. One of the commercial vehicles was attempting to make a turn and clipped the side of a vehicle that was passing, causing it to overturn. According to Trooper Anders, the vehicle then flipped multiple times ejecting the occupants, one of which died from his injuries.
Trooper Anders said there were multiple occupants in the vehicle that overturned and investigators are working to establish where everyone was seated in the vehicle prior to the crash.
Killed in the crash was Tywand McKoy, 37, of Elizabethtown. He was pronounced deceased by Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw.
Trooper Anders said charges are pending in the crash on NC 20. Trooper Anders did not release the names of the other victims of the crash due to the ongoing investigation.
A second crash ocurred at 10 p.m. on NC 87 near the Bladen and Cumberland County line that claimed the lives of two people, according to Trooper Anders.
Trooper Anders said a woman was driving northbound on NC 87 when a vehicle operated by a male occupant was traveling southbound in the northbound lane and the vehicles collided head on. A third vehicle operated by the women’s husband collided with the rear of her vehicle.
Trooper Anders declined to identify the NC 87 crash victims as the investigation into what caused the crash is ongoing.
Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw identified the two drivers who were killed in the crash as Anna Maris Vega, 32, of Fayetteville, and Ander Oliphant Jr., 26, of Fayetteville.
Both crashes remain under investigation as of Thursday afternoon, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.