Minivan Driver Dies In Wrong-Way Head-On Collision

The driver of a Ford minivan died in a wrong way crash in Wayne County on Saturday evening.

The driver turned onto the wrong side of US 117, a divided highway, south of Goldsboro.

Moments later the van collided head-on with a northbound pickup pulling a fully loaded dump trailer. The van and trailer landed in the southbound lanes.

The minivan’s driver died at the scene. A passenger in the van was airlifted to a Greenville hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

US 117 South was closed for 2-1/2 hours.

At last report the Highway Patrol was still trying to determine the identity of the driver who was killed. The victim was not carrying any identification.

Photos by John Payne