By DEUCE NIVEN
A head-on two car collision on NC 410 north of Tabor City claimed the life of a woman, injured a male driver, and left a family headed for a Myrtle Beach get-away mostly shaken up, Tabor City Fire Chief Jeff Fowler said.
An investigation by the North Carolina Highway Patrol began after the collision involving a four-door Kia car and a Toyota Solera shortly before 4:30 p.m.
Christy Michelle Henry, 35, of Irvine, Kentucky died on the scene of the crash, Sgt. A.M. Pait of the Highway Patrol said.
Daniel Lee Harris of Whiteville was the driver of the Kia in which Henry died. He was charged with misdemeanor by vehicle, Pait said.
A trooper spoke with the drivers of both vehicles before they were taken to Columbus Regional Healthcare.
Heavy damage to the front of both cars resulted from the collision in front of New Horizon Baptist Worship Center. Pavement markings indicated a no passing zone for both lanes of travel.
Pait said the Southbound Toyota had swerved into the northbound lane attempting to avoid a head-on collision, and that Harris’ Kia swerved back into the northbound lane moments before the cars collided.
Fowler called it a “miracle” that no on in the Toyota was seriously injured, including two women and two small children who were apparently secured in car safety seats.
Multiple fluids escaped both cars, rolling with the slope of the road to a grassy area, where it was difficult to tell how much farther it spread.
Ambulances from Tabor City, Chadbourn and Fair Bluff, the Tabor City and Roseland Fire Departments, and the Tabor City Police Department responded to the scene or to set up points to divert traffic.
Note: This corrects referring to the woman killed in Friday’s crash as the wife of the driver.
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