Two Killed in Fatal Accident in Columbus County

COLUMBUS COUNTY -- Two people were killed in a fatal accident at the intersection of US-74/76 and NC-11 near Freeman Thursday morning.

The accident happened at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.  According to authorities, a tractor trailer was travelling on US-74/76 westbound when it hit a pickup truck pulling in front of it and crossed into the median.

Mary and Gordon Squires of Kelly, North Carolina, were in the pickup truck. The couple was killed instantly.

The driver of the tractor trailer will not be charged.

Highway Patrol is warning drivers to be cautious when driving in the rain.

"Anytime it's raining or any time of the day you got heavy traffic volume like this, you have to be alert of what is going on around you," said Trooper Eric Ritter.  "Just a split second can cost you your life, and you really need to pay attention to what you're doing."

Reported by Kacey Gaumer