LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol released the identities of the five people killed in Tuesday afternoon’s six-vehicle collision on Interstate 95.
Michael Elliott Bricker, 68, of Myrtle Beach was killed while driving the 2013 Volvo tanker involved in the collision.
The other four victims were all in one vehicle and from Goose Creek, South Carolina:
- Elise Ann Spennati, 32
- Cole Allen Spennati, 25
- Aila Spennati, 4
- Sianna Spennati, 1
The entire interstate was closed between mile markers 7 and 10 between Lumberton and the South Carolina border after the crash, which happened around 12:30 p.m.
Officials said the crash occurred when DOT workers were repainting the highway lane lines and traffic was forced to merge to one lane.
The chain-reaction crash started when Bricker failed to slow down as he drove towards slowing traffic in a work zone, officials said.
Bricker’s truck plowed into Dodge pick-up truck. The four victims from Goose Creek were in the Dodge pick-up truck first struck by Bricker’s truck.
That Dodge was forced into the rear of a Ford Explorer SUV.
That Ford Explorer was then forced into the rear of a Ford Escape SUV.
Bricker’s truck kept moving down the southbound lanes “uncontrolled,” officials said.
His truck slammed into the back of a Freightliner tractor trailer hauling gasoline. The gas was ignited by the collision, sparking a fire.
The Freightliner was pushed into a Kenworth tractor trailer. Bricker’s truck then went off the roadway, catching fire.
The driver of the Ford Explorer, a 46-year-old man from Charleston, South Carolina was transported to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for treatment of serious injuries. He is currently in stable condition.
The Explorer had two passengers, a 35-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, both from Charleston, South Carolina. Both suffered serious injuries and are in stable condition at UNC Hospital.
A 68-year-old Kansas City woman was driving the Ford Escape at the time of the collision. She is being treated for serious injuries at Florence Medical Center.
The Freightliner tractor trailer driver, a 50-year-old from Bunn Level, was checked out by first responders at the scene and released.
The driver of the Kenworth tractor trailer was treated at the scene and released.
The interstate was reopened in both directions around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.