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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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  • DM

    Derrick was my neighbor for many years we fought like brothers the whole neighborhood was like family do anything for each other sorry for your lost Mrs Tonya and Mr Fred my prayers go out to his family R.I.P Derrick ..

  • Jessica Maria Crocker

    I knew this kid since i was young. he was a very good friend to everyone and as far as i know he didn’t have any enemies. i feel so bad for his daughter and his wife. He will be deeply missed and loved for as long as his family and friends are still alive.

    R.I.P Derek Benton

  • Tim

    R.I.P Derrick we were really good friends i never thought in a million years this would happen to you you were always a outgoing person willing to help anyone anytime you were like a big brother to me we use to live right down the street from each other and hang out everyday man i can believe this happened to you my upmost sincere condoleces go out to his parents and his wife and daughter i miss you and love you derrick ill always keep the memories that we had close to my heart rest easy bro i know your watching over us all now hopefully ill get to see u again

    R.I.P Derrick Benton
    Tim Cramer

  • Family Member

    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.

  • Guest2020

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Scott

    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 Derrick…

  • samantha estep

    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

    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 family.
    To the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Hold tight to your memories. He will forever be in your hearts. I love you all.
    To Derrick, RIP baby. We will all see you again, until then, you will always be with us,in some way. A song, a story,etc.

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