Johnston County grandmother dies in crash along NC 50

NEWTON GROVE, N.C. (WNCN) – A crash in Johnston County Monday killed a grandmother who was traveling with a baby and her 5-year-old grandson, authorities said.

The wreck happened around 4 p.m. along N.C. Highway 50 near Reedy Prong Church Road, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

A 47-year-old woman was driving an SUV that went off the road, crossed the centerline, overcorrected and then went off the road again, hitting a tree, troopers said.

The driver, Tammy Higgins Johnson of Newton Grove, died at the scene, officials said.

Johnson’s 5-year-old grandson was treated at the scene.

A 25-year-old woman and her 1-year-old baby, who were not related to Johnson, were also in the SUV and were treated at the scene.

The road was closed until about 6:15 p.m.

Meanwhile, a separate crash Monday afternoon closed U.S. 70 for about an hour.

The U.S. 70 crash was reported around 4:50 p.m. and closed the highway near Country Store Road until about 6 p.m., according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash, which happened near a construction zone, officials said.

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