The Highway Patrol announces Tuesday that seven motorists died on North Carolina highways during the Memorial Day weekend. The holiday weekend officially began at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22, and ended at midnight, Monday, May 25. Last year the Highway Patrol investigated 20 fatal collisions and 349 injury related collisions during the holiday period.
During this holiday period, troopers investigated six 6 fatal collisions resulting in seven 7 deaths on North Carolina highways compared to twenty fatal collisions in 2014.
One person died in a crash on NC108 near Columbus in Polk County, two were killed on NC130 near Shallotte in Brunswick County, one person was killed in a wreck on NC130 11 miles from Whiteville in Columbus County. Single fatalities were reported in crashes on US17 north of Wilmington in Pender County, NC24/27 outside Mt. Gilead in Montgomery County, and on I-485 in the city limits of Pineville in Mecklenburg County.