NC teen dies in head-on crash with tractor-trailer, officials say

A Facebook photo of Kayla Swindle


JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A portion of N.C. Highway 258 was closed for more than four hours Saturday evening after a 19-year-old woman was killed in a car crash.

The tractor-trailer involved in the crash. Photo used with permission from Britney Monroe. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Kayla Swindle was traveling south on N.C. Highway 258/Richlands Highway near Diane Drive in a 2001 Jeep Cherokee.

Just before 3:30 p.m., troopers said she crossed the center lane and hit a tractor-trailer head-on as it was traveling northbound.

Swindle, of Richlands, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the crash.

Troopers said they do not believe speed or alcohol was a factor.


They are investigating the cause of the crash. No charges are expected.

Highway 258 opened just after 8 p.m. Saturday.

The crash scene on Saturday afternoon. Photo used with permission from Raymond Yopp.


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