Two New Bern residents died Wednesday evening in a wreck at the intersection of N.C. 101 and N.C. 306 east of Havelock.
According to Sgt. Kevin Rock, of the N.C. Highway Patrol, the wreck happened just before 6:45 p.m.
Rock said a 2000 Mazda was attempting to make a left turn off of N.C. 306, also known as Ferry Road, when it was struck in the left driver side by a 1998 Dodge work truck.
The driver of the Mazda, Jun Thang, 21, of New Bern, died as a result of the collision along with a passenger in the vehicle identified as Klass Dohn, a woman approximately age 50 from New Bern.
Four other passengers in the Mazda were injured and transported to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern. They were identified as Lian Mang, Shi Lay, Sun Aye and Dah Ke, all males.
The driver of the truck, identified as Michael Biggs, 49, of Raleigh, was not injured. A passenger in Biggs' truck, Douglas Harper, 53, of Creedmore, was also not injured.
Two of the victims were taken by EastCare air ambulance to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. One of them, Dah Ke, was reported to be six years old.
A representative from CarolinaEast Medical Center said that passenger Mang was treated and released but no information was available for Lay or Aye.
According to Sgt. Rock, passenger Ke was initially taken to CarolinaEast but then flown by EastCare to Vidant.
All of the victims in the passenger car were reported to be from New Bern.
According to the N.C. Highway Patrol, neither speed nor alcohol contributed to the wreck and there will be no charges.
Responding to the wreck were Harlowe Volunteer Fire Department, Havelock Fire and Rescue Department and Cherry Point EMS.
“It was a bad tragedy. Two people got killed,” said Theron McCabe, with the Harlowe VFD. A landing zone was set up at the department station on Ferry Road for the EastCare helicopters.
“It’s been a long time that’s we’ve had a double. We had one on Blades Road about 18 years ago, but on Ferry Road I think that’s the first one,” McCabe said.
“We got two stop signs there and nobody pays attention. We all need to stop at that stop sign and look twice. People need to pay attention,” McCabe said.
Traffic was backed up for more than two hours while the wreck was cleared away.
“It was backed up a long ways. We had to shut the highway down,” McCabe said.