The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging motorists to use extra caution on the roads this Labor Day holiday.
The state law enforcement agency defines the holiday period as running from midnight at the start of the day Friday to midnight at the end of the day Monday, and several fatal accidents had already been reported across the state during the first half of the long weekend.
In neighboring Moore County, 51-year-old Ronald Oscar Hill Boren of Raeford was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car and pickup truck Friday afternoon on N.C. Hwy. 24/27 between the Montgomery County line and the intersection of N.C. Hwy. 705.
Also in Moore County, 23-year-old Richard Chad Camp of Vass died early Saturday morning when his SUV ran off the road and struck a pine tree on Furr Rd.
A couple from Moore County – John Burl Hudson, 57, and Fiona Frances Hudson, 55, of Southern Pines – were killed Friday when a freight train struck their car in the Wake County town of Morrisville.
Elsewhere in the state, Don Tilley, the 78-year-old owner of a Harley-Davidson dealership with locations in Statesville and Salisbury, died late Friday in a single-motorcycle wreck on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe County. Tilley’s wife, Robinette, was critically injured.
In a release provided before the holiday weekend, Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Gordon said, “Speed is the number one factor in fatal collisions and we will be looking for aggressive drivers, drunk drivers, and other violators while patrolling throughout the state during the holiday week. We are committed to doing our part to reduce traffic collisions throughout our state but we need the motoring public to do their part by obeying all traffic laws while traveling to their holiday destination.”
Gordon said citizens may report crashes, drunk drivers, stranded motorists or other highway situations to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP (*47) on their cellular telephones. This is a toll-free call that connects the caller with the nearest Highway Patrol communications center.