A work van hit a tree head-on in Southern Pines on Midland Road Wednesday morning around 9:00 am injuring four people.

A Honda came from Central Drive and sideswiped the van causing it to hit the tree.


Carolina AirCare was requested; however, they couldn’t fly due to weather.  The four occupants of the van were transported to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.

Three of the four had immediately life-threatening injuries and the fourth person suffered injuries that could possibly turn into life-threatening injuries.  The painting supplies inside the van flew forward upon impact worsening the injuries. 

It is reported that there might have been three of the occupants not wearing seat belts.


The female driver and the children of the car were uninjured.

Responding to the scene were Southern Pines Fire and Rescue,  Aberdeen Fire and Rescue,  Whispering Pines Fire and Rescue,  Southern Pines Police Department, Cypress Fire and Rescue, and Moore County EMS.

Just about the same time around 9:00 am, there was another vehicle accident in Moore County.

Authorities were dispatched to a single-vehicle rollover accident on Highway 690 near Woodlake.


The young man driving the pickup wasn’t seriously injured other than a few bumps and scratches even though the roof of the truck was caved in.  The driver is the son of a firefighter with responding unit, Cypress Pointe Fire and Rescue. 


Photos by Frank Staples, Sandhills Sentinel Contributor

North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the scene as well.








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