A woman heading home from the Dixie Youth State baseball tournament in Dunn Friday night was killed after a large truck careened into the back of the car she was riding in on Interstate 95. The man driving the car is listed in critical condition.
Forty-nine-year-old Jeffrey Bernard Rogers had finished coaching a team in the tournament and was headed to his hometown of Red Springs with Brenda Lee Johnson, 47, in the passenger seat. Troopers say Rogers was driving south on I-95 at an “extremely slow rate of speed” when his 1996 Chevrolet Caprice was rear-ended by a large truck.
The collision made Rogers’ car flip and catch fire around 9:15 a.m., according to troopers. Rogers was extricated from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital.
Troopers have not said why Rogers was driving slow on a stretch of the interstate that limits speeds to 70 mph.
Carolyn Elmore, who helped coordinate the tournament, confirmed Rogers was a coach on a team playing in the tournament.
Investigators are also trying to determine if the Chevrolet’s headlights and taillights were working properly.
The driver of the big rig and a passenger inside the tractor-trailer were not hurt during the crash. They are both from Georgia, authorities said.
No charges have been filed yet.