The State Highway Patrol has identified two people killed in a fiery head-on crash this morning (Monday) in Johnston County. The collision was reported at 12:02am on Old Fairground Road northeast of Massengill Pond Road.
The Highway Patrol said a black Honda Civic and silver Kia Optima collided head on. After the impact the Kia burst into flames. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Honda has been identified as Emanuel August Shelton, 20, of Benson. The driver of the Kia has been identified as Kenneth Dale Beasley Jr., 38, of Dunn.
Troopers have not determined if alcohol or drugs played a factor. Shelton, the driver of the Honda, was not wearing a seat belt. Authorities have not said which driver caused the deadly crash.