Cameron Man Killed in Five-Car Accident on N.C. 211
A Cameron man died in a five-vehicle accident Friday morning on N.C. 211 just west of Taylortown.
The accident happened about 11:30 a.m. in the eastbound lane near the back entrance to Pinewild Country Club. The highway was closed for nearly two hours.
Stevie Lee Holder, 47, was traveling east in a 2000 Ford pickup truck when he struck a 2003 Toyota, knocking it off the left side of the highway and down an embankment, said Trooper J.C. Burroughs, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.
Holder’s truck overturned and struck a 2004 Ford Explorer, touching off a chain reaction involving two more vehicles, Burroughs said. The back end of the Toyota was heavily damaged. The driver, Jane Ellen Austgen, 65, of West End, was not seriously injured, Burroughs said. None of the other drivers were hurt, he said.
Holder was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, where he died, Burroughs said. He was the only person in the truck. No charges were filed.
Burroughs said Austgen was slowing down and the three vehicles in front of her had stopped because of road construction on N.C. 211.
Late Friday afternoon, the N.C. Department issued a news release reminding motorists to use caution when traveling through the work zone. The $29.4 million project, under way since last November, will widen the road to a four-lane highway divided by a grass median.
Motorists can expect various lane shifts and closures throughout the project area, the release said. Traffic congestion and backups should be expected during the lane closures. Drivers need to follow traffic and construction warning signs in work zones, watch out for flagmen and workers along the roadway and pay attention to the road conditions around them, the release said.
To accommodate traffic during construction, no lane closures are permitted from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are also no lane closures allowed between Gun Club Drive and the Pinehurst traffic circle between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays.
Construction along N.C. 211 is expected to continue through May 2014.
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