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By Erin Smith

The victims of the Tuesday afternoon crash that ocurred at the intersection of NC 87 and Airport Road are bruised but are doing “Okay,” according to a family member who contacted BladenOnline.com.

According to the investigation, the driver of a red 2007 Ford SUV was traveling west on East Broad Street (NC 87) and was attempting to make a left turn onto Airport Road. As the driver of the SUV made the left turn onto Airport Road, she failed to yield the right of way to a 2002 Toyota driven by Ashley Michelle Butts of Elizabethtown.

Butts’ vehicle was traveling eastbound on East Broad Street and and struck the Ford SUV in the intersection. The SUV then flipped two times and came to rest at the corner of the intersection of East Broad Street and Airport Road. Butts’ vehicle came to rest on Airport Road, according to the investigation.

Four passengers were trapped in the SUV and all were removed from the vehicle by emergency crews on the scene. The special equipment called the “Jaws of Life” by emergency workers were used to remove the wreck victims.

The passengers included George and Helen Keiper and two minor children. All were reported by a family member to have some bruises but otherwise doing “okay”. However, the family member did report to BladenOnline Helen is receiving further treatment for her injuries at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The passengers in a red Ford SUV and the maroon Toyota were all transported to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare for treatment of their injuries. Helen was transported by air ambulance to the hospital in New Hanover county.