Northeastern Nash County was the scene of two separate vehicle-related fatalities this weekend, authorities said.
The official answering the phone at the State Highway Patrol’s Raleigh communications center on Sunday told the Telegram that the first of the two fatalities occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday on Interstate 95 a couple of miles north of the Gold Rock area.
The official said that the second one occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Sunday on Vaughan Chapel Road near Volunteer Road.
The official who answered the phone on Monday at the Highway Patrol’s office in Rocky Mount did not have any further information, except to say the two fatalities remain under investigation.
Raleigh-Durham area television station WNCN reported that the wreck on I-95 claimed the life of Ronnie Eugene Freeman, 56, who had been driving a 26-foot U-Haul moving truck.
The station said Freeman was in the process of moving from Richmond, Va., to Vanceboro in Craven County.
The station said Freeman was driving south when the truck sideswiped the SUV as Freeman moved to switch from one lane to the other lane.
And the station said Freeman, who was alone in the truck, over-corrected and the truck went off the pavement, striking several trees before catching on fire.
The station said two people had been in the SUV but were not injured.