An 8 year-old girl died in a single vehicle accident Wednesday in Johnston County.
The accident was reported around 11:30am on Highway 42 East of Clayton between Glen Laurel Road and Castleberry Road.
Reports indicate a dark color SUV ran off the left side of the road, down an embankment about 140 feet, then crashed head on into a tree stump before overturning in the edge of a pond.
Highway 42 was shut down for several hours while troopers investigated the accident and cleared the wreckage from the scene. Motorists had to detour around the area.
Authorities said the 8 year-old girl’s father and 11 year-old sister were also injured in the crash. The names of the victims have not been released by the NC Highway Patrol, pending notification of their next of kin. Photos by John Payne