Two men died following an accident on Thursday morning after a car struck a wood chipper where two men were working, according to Robbins Police Chief Jeffery Sheffield.
Tony Wood, 50, of Hamptonville, N.C., died at the scene on Plank Road just outside Robbins, Sheffield said. Another worker at the site, Ronnie James, of Advance, N.C., was not injured.
The driver of the car, Larry Phillips, 75, of Robbins, was taken by helicopter to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and died of his injuries early Friday morning.
Sheffield said Wood and James were in the process of putting signs on Plank Road to designate it as a work zone when Phillips’ car struck the chipper.
The two men were working for Vegetation Management Specialists Inc., a company hired by the N.C. Department of Transportation to cut down trees. Plank Road was closed for two and a half hours, according to Sheffield.
Robbins Fire and Rescue, Moore County EMS, the Robbins Police Department and the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to the accident.