Three people sustained serious injuries in a head-on collision Monday morning near Clayton.
The accident was reported around 10:15am on Highway 42 East near Neuse River Parkway near the Food Lion.
Witnesses reported seeing a blue car and white car collide head-on on Highway 42. A construction crew working nearby rushed to the aid of the victims until first responders arrived.
One witness said he pulled one victim from the car because he thought the car was on fire.
Highway 42 was shut down nearly two hours before reopening in both directions.
The NC Highway Patrol, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Johnston County EMS, Archer Lodge Fire Department and Thanksgiving Fire Department responded to the scene. Photos by John Payne