Aberdeen Man Dies in Traffic Accident
An Aberdeen man died after a wreck Monday night on Saunders Boulevard, according to police and emergency responders.
William John Anderson, 42, was driving a Toyota truck west on Saunders toward U.S. 1 when the truck hit the guard rail on the right-hand side of the road, crossed the center line and collided with a black Hummer, according to Aberdeen police.
Southern Pines Fire Chief Hampton Williams described the wreck as "a near head-on collision that destroyed both vehicles."
Police are still investigating the cause of the wreck, which happened at 9:58 p.m.
"I know he went off the road, but I don't know what caused it," Aberdeen Deputy Chief Jim Foster said.
Police estimate Anderson's speed at the time of the incident to be 10 miles above the posted limit of 35 mph.
Anderson, who was unconscious, was airlifted to UNC Hospitals Chapel Hill after first responders extricated him from the truck, Williams said.
Anderson died at the hospital, according to police. It was unclear if he ever regained consciousness.
Joseph Watts, 33, of Pinehurst, the driver of the Hummer, was reportedly treated and released at FirstHealth Moore Regional.
There were no other individuals in either vehicle.
Firefighters from Aberdeen and Southern Pines, along with Moore County EMS and Aberdeen police, responded to the wreck, which closed the road for nearly four hours.
Two men were injured in different but related wrecks early Sunday morning.
The first wreck happened around 3 a.m. when Christopher Jones, 19, of Sanford, was driving his vehicle east on N.C. 24-27 near Big Oak Church Road. State Highway Patrol troopers say he told them he became became fatigued and ran off the road, hitting a tree.
Jones was treated and released at FirstHealth Moore Regional hospital.
The car's motor ended up in the westbound lane of the road and caused a second wreck less than than 20 minutes later, said Trooper J.T. Gaddy.
Alfred Young, 67, of Fayetteville, was driving his tractor-trailer west on N.C. 24-27 when he hit the motor and overturned his vehicle, Gaddy said.
Eyewitnesses said Young was pinned in his vehicle for more than an hour before being freed. Young was transported to Duke Hospital with unknown injuries, Gaddy said.
The road was closed for several hours as crews worked to clear the scene.
Moore County EMS, the Sheriff's Office and several area fire departments and rescue squads also responded.
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