TAR HEEL — Three Robeson County residents lost their lives Saturday afternoon in a crash about 7 miles outside Tar Heel’s town limits.
According to a report filed by State Highway Patrol Master Sgt. Mike Sellers, a 1999 Plymouth van was traveling north along Purdie-Hall Road and either ran a stop sign at Chickenfoot Road or pulled out in front of a tractor-trailer.
The truck, which was hauling a load of wheat, hit the van and killed Maria Esther Morales Garcia, 25, of Shannon and her two children, Jean Michel Morales Garcia, 8, and William Jimenez Morales, 3.
A third child in the van, a 6-year-old girl, remains hospitalized with injuries.
According to Sellers’ report, the van burst into flames after the impact.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Dan Odom III of St. Pauls, who was driving for Roberts Farms of Lumberton, managed to get out of the truck before it also caught fire.