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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One person is dead after being pinned between two burning vehicles and two others hurt after a crash last night on I-40 in Pender County.

Highway Patrol says the accident happened just before 11 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the interstate near mile marker 393. Investigators say an abandoned van was parked in a travel lane with no lights on. That’s where troopers say a pickup truck was also parked, while two people tried to load the van onto a tow dolly attached to the truck.

Troopers say a Cadillac crashed into the van, pushing it forward into the pickup truck before it spun around, leaving Derrick Benton, 21, of Leland, pinned between the two vehicles. The van also hit the second man, which knocked him over to the side and away from the crash.

The Cadillac finally spun around with the van, with the car coming to rest underneath the rear of the van. Troopers say the vehicles both caught fire with Benton still pinned between them, as the driver of the Cadillac was removed from inside.

Troopers say Benton was burned in the flames and pronounced dead at the scene. EMS took the two other victims to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for their injuries. There is no word on their conditions.

No charges have been filed at this time.

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Family Member
2015 years 11 months ago

I would request that we keep everyone from this accident in your prayers. because we still have people fighting for their lives.

To the Benton Family – my heart goes out to you at this time. It’s always hard lossing a loved one (a son, a father, a husband). Sounds to me that Derrick was all three in one package. Please know that your all are in our prayers at this time of sadness.

2015 years 11 months ago

Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

2015 years 11 months ago

The other man, whom Derrick was helping, is a good friend of mine. They drove there from Winnabow??? to bring that van back to my friends home. The man whom he was helping is in the hospital NHRMC ICU.

I only met Derrick 2x and he seemed to be the person you could call on anytime of the day and/or night and he would help even if he had to go without.

I’m saddened to hear that his family has lost a loving husband, father, son and great friend!

I hope God helps this family during this time of heartbreak and sorrow! RIP… Read more »

samantha estep
2015 years 11 months ago

I know my cousin was crazy as hell in time but he would drop anything to help any one and that’s what he was doin thanks every one for the prayers

Gina Dickens
2015 years 11 months ago

My daughter is married to the oldest brother in this family. This is such a tragic thing. My heart breaks for his Mom, my dear friend. There is no one to blame. If you do not have any nice comments or condolences for the grieving family, please keep you opinions to your self. I can not imagine the pain this family is going through. I truly believe Derrick is an angel in heaven. He will be watching over his family. I am so sorry, this happened to such a nice, young man, and his… Read more »

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