NC Highway Patrol: Myrtle Beach man caused deadly crash on I-95 that killed 5 people
ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WPDE) - The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a 68-year-old Myrtle Beach man who was driving a tractor-trailer on I-95 on Tuesday caused a multi-vehicle pileup that killed five people, including himself.
The crash happened on I-95 at mile marker 8, between Rowland and Lumberton, around 12:30 p.m., according to a news release from Highway Patrol.
A preliminary investigation showed that all of the vehicles were traveling south on I-95 and were approaching a work zone where NCDOT crews were painting the roadway, the release said.
A Volvo tractor-trailer/tanker, driven by Michael Elliott Bricker, 68, of Myrtle Beach, was approaching the slowing traffic ahead as he entered the work zone but did not stop, causing a chain-reaction crash.
According to the release:
The Volvo tractor trailer failed to reduce speed and collided with the Dodge pick-up truck. The Dodge pick-up was then pushed into the rear of the Ford Explorer SUV. The Ford Explorer then was pushed into the rear of the Ford Escape SUV.
The Volvo tractor trailer continued traveling southbound uncontrolled on I-95, striking a Freightliner tractor trailer in the rear and ignited the gasoline that was being hauled in the tanker. The Freightliner tractor and trailer was then pushed into a Kenworth tractor trailer. The original Volvo tractor trailer continued traveling off of the roadway onto the right shoulder catching fire.
Four people inside the Dodge pick-up truck were killed, including a 1-year-old girl.
Those killed in that car were:
- The driver, Elise Ann Spennati, 32, of Goose Creek.
- The front right passenger, Cole Allen Spennati, 25, of Goose Creek.
- The left rear passenger, Sianna Spennati, 1, of Goose Creek.
- The right rear passenger, Aila Spennati, 4, of Goose Creek.
Three people inside the Ford Explorer were seriously hurt in the crash.
- The driver, Javier A. Estrada-Beltran, 46, of Charleston, was transported to UNC Chapel Hill with serious injuries and was reported in stable condition.
- The first passenger, Francisco Morales-Gaspar, 35, of Charleston, was transported to UNC Chapel Hill with serious injuries and reported in stable condition.
- The second passenger, Lucia De-La-Cruz, 34, of Charleston, was transported to UNC Chapel Hill with serious injuries and was reported in stable condition.
The driver of the Ford Escape, Mary Ann Payne, 68, of Kanas City, Missouri, was taken to Florence Medical Center with serious injuries and reported in stable condition.
The drivers of the two other tractor-trailers were checked out by emergency services at the scene and released.
- The driver of the Freightliner tractor-trailer was identified as Dewey Wayne Harrington, 50, of Bunn Level, North Carolina.
- The driver of the Kenworth tractor-trailer was identified as Stannie L. Kirkland, 58, of Sylvester, Georgia.