A single vehicle early Wednesday morning on Zack’s Mill Road outside of Benson seriously injured two men in a company-owned box truck.
According to the NC Highway Patrol, the driver of the box truck ran off the roadway on the right, overcorrected and drove off the left side of the road striking a large oak tree head-on.
A load of plywood in the back slid forward into the cab severely pinning both men in the truck.
Emergency crews extricated both occupants before they were rushed by ambulance to Wake Med in Raleigh for critical injuries.
Troopers said the unrestrained load in the back of the truck may have contributed to the accident.
The name of the driver and passenger was not released. Photos by John Payne