Victims identified in wreck near Mount Gilead

We now have the names of the victims and more details about a two-vehicle wreck near Mount Gilead that sent four people to the hospital yesterday. The wreck happened at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on Hwy. 731 West near Tillery Dam Rd.

According to eyewitness reports received by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Willie Stancil of Mount Gilead was driving a 1985 Dodge pickup truck eastbound on Hwy. 731 when he passed a vehicle, then ran off the right shoulder and over-corrected, putting the truck in the path of a 2000 Freightliner being driven by 54-year-old Timothy Pickett of Albemarle.  Pickett’s tractor-trailer t-boned the pickup.

Pickett was said to have been transported to Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle, while Stancil and two passengers in his truck, 34-year-old Crystal Phillips and 5-year-old Lessie Stancil, were airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in Charlotte.

As of this afternoon, the only patient information we’ve been able to gather is about Lessie Stancil, who was listed in serious condition at CMC, and Timothy Pickett, who was treated and released at Stanly Regional Medical Center.

Willie Stancil and Crystal Phillips were airlifted to CMC, but no information was available. We’ll continue to try to get updates on their conditions and report them when available.

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