Fatality victim had connection to Dunn tournament

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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.

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