One person killed in wreck on Hwy 17 and Maco Road


LELAND, NC (WWAY) – One person is dead and another in serious condition after a crash this morning in Leland.

Bumper to bumper traffic on HWY 17 due to crash on February 20, 2017 (Photo: Waze/ThrottlePunk)

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says the wreck happened at the Maco Road intersection just before 10:20 a.m.

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The crash closed the southbound lanes and forced traffic to take Hazel’s Branch Road.

Sgt. Canady with the NC Highway Patrol says a a pickup truck slammed into the back of a tractor trailer hauling lumber. Sgt. Canady says the tractor trailer had been stopped at the stoplight and was just starting to drive forward when the truck hit him pretty hard.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not hurt.

The passenger in the pickup truck died at the scene. Sgt. Canady says the driver of the pickup went to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in serious condition.

The road reopened around 12:30 p.m.

The Highway Patrol is still investigating.  The name of the victim will be released once family has been notified.

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