UPDATE: 5 hospitalized, one dead in accident
CALABASH, NC (WECT) – A serious car accident in Brunswick County sent five people to the hospital Monday afternoon. Tuesday, one of those people was pronounced dead.
Trooper Ransom of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said 80-year-old Lendon Simmons was killed in the accident. Simmons was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
The trooper said Simmons was driving a van and was turning left from HWY 17 onto Thomasboro Road, when his van collided with another vehicle traveling north on HWY 17.
There were two people in the van that were taken to the Grand Strand Hospital in Myrtle Beach, and three people in the other vehicle that were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
Brunswick County Director of Emergency Services Brian Watts said two of the five people injured were trapped inside their vehicle following the accident.
The accident happened around 4 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Thomasboro Road and Highway 17 in Calabash.
Some minors were in one of the vehicles at the time of the accident according to Scott Garner, Deputy Director for Emergency Services.
There is no word on the extent of other injuries sustained during the accident.
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