Theophilus Everett Killed, Two Injured in Fuel Truck Accident on Highway 87 in Columbus County, NC
UPDATE (February 23, 2023): Investigators identified the man killed in the collision as 53-year-old Theophilus Everett. They did not give more details about the accident, which is still under investigation.
Columbus County, NC -- February 20, 2023, one person was killed and others were injured due to an accident involving a fuel truck.
Initial details about the crash indicated that the incident happened at around 11:20 p.m. along Highway 87 outside of Delco.
It appears that a van and a tractor-trailer traveling in opposite directions when they collided along the highway. As a result, multiple people were ejected from both vehicles.
One person from the van, said to be the driver, died as a result of the crash. A passenger and the truck driver were injured in the crash. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Details in the news show that the truck caught fire due to the crash. Even that detail alone can make a crash like this far more thorough than people may realize. Commercial truck wrecks are complex enough on their own without the crash scene being so chaotic. Without the right tools and training, important details can easily slip through the cracks. Hopefully authorities here have access to those resources so the victims and families involved can get the answers they deserve.