5 killed in N.C. holiday accidents

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 2, 2002

Thanksgiving weekend proved deadly on local roadways as five fatalities were reported in two separate accidents.

Saturday afternoon, four were killed and five others injured during a four-vehicle crash on NC 11 in Martin County, just across the Harrington Bridge spanning the Roanoke River. According to a spokesman with the Greenville Troop Headquarters of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident remains under investigation. The names of the victims were not released.

The spokesman did confirm that Highway Patrol personnel from Raleigh were expected to arrive at the accident scene Monday where they were to seek to re-create the deadly scenario.

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NC 11 was closed between the bridge and NC 903 for an extended period of time on Saturday as emergency responders and law enforcement officials cleared the accident scene. Traffic was re-routed.

Lewiston-Woodville Fire and EMS were two of the emergency responders at the scene. Due to a code of confidentiality, emergency responders are not at liberty to release the names of victims.

Earlier on Saturday, a Northampton County teen was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Southampton County.

Larry Hill, a spokesman for the Virginia State Police, reported that Katherine Lucille Dampier, 19 of Pendleton, N.C. was killed at approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday after apparently losing control of the 1997 Chevrolet she was operating on Route 684 in Southampton County. Hill stated that Dampier, traveling west, apparently ran off the road, overcorrected, struck a ditch on the lefthand side of the highway and overturned. She was pronounced dead at the scene.