Driver Dies When Truck Overturns In Creek

The Highway Patrol has identified a woman who died after her vehicle overturned and partially submerged in a creek.  The crash happened early Saturday morning on Friendship Church Road near the Johnston-Nash County line.

Troopers said 38 year-old Melissa Dawn White of Middlesex was traveling northbound in a red 1995 Chevy pickup when she lost control of the vehicle in a curve. The truck traveled off the roadway, struck an embankment adjacent to a bridge the overturned down the embankment before partially submerging upside down in a creek.  White died at the scene. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

Investigators said speed and alcohol were suspected as being contributing factors.

White’s death is the sixth fatality on Johnston County roadways in 2016.  Photos by John Payne