The Highway Patrol has released the name of a young child who died in a fiery four vehicle accident on Interstate 40 near Benson Tuesday afternoon.
Isiah Jones, 11, was riding with his 9 year-old brother, Daniel Jones, and his mother, 32 year-old Angela Jones of Raleigh when she attempted to make a u-turn in the median of I-40 in her Nissan Murano.
Her Nissan SUV was struck from behind by a Hyundai Tucson traveling eastbound and operated by Kaitlin Brundidge, 20, of Garner. As a result of the collision, Jones’ vehicle struck a median guardrail, traveled into the westbound lanes and was struck by a Toyota Highlander and a Volvo tractor trailer.
The Nissan burst into flames with the family still inside. The mother, who was reportedly on fire, was able to roll out of the vehicle and bystanders helped extinguish the flames on her. Her 9 year-old son was able run away. 11 year-old Isiah was trapped in the back seat of the burning vehicle and was unable to escape.
Daniel, 9, and Angela Jones were rushed to burn unit at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. The mother reportedly suffered serious burns. Daniel is being treated for minor injuries.
Brundidge and a passenger in the Tucson, Jennifer Brundidge, 48, of Garner were both seriously injured and transported to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.
Christy Vargo, 42, of Wilmington, the driver of the Toyota was not injured. Two passengers, ages 10 and 15, were also uninjured.
The driver of the tractor trailer, Robert Overbay, 59, of Zebulon also escaped injury.