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Names released of victims in fatal crash on US 421 in Pender Co.


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Two people are dead after a crash between a log truck and a car in Pender County.

Highway Patrol says Debra Potter of Salemburg, and Juanita Potter of Clinton were both killed in the crash.

One man heard everything.

"It was unbelievable, you know? The day started out as normal. And then for something like that to happen, it is tragic," Jesse Fennell said.

Fennell is trying to forget what he saw today. He says he was in his work shop when he heard what sounded like two explosions.

"It sounded like two bombs were going off," Fennell said,.

A car heading North on US 421 crossed the center line colliding with a log truck traveling in the opposite direction.

"I ran up to the truck," Fennell said. "(The driver) was getting out of the truck, and he said he was OK. So we walked back down. That's when I saw the Chevy."

Investigators say two women were killed in the accident, while others were taken to the hospital.

"One lady was laying out in a ditch in front of the car," Fennell said. "And then there was another gentleman. He was pinned inside. He was OK."

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