Two wrecks on the U.S. Highway 64 Bypass bridge near Tarboro on January 7 left one car damaged and another in the Tar River, with the driver suffering fatal personal injuries.


According to authorities, the driver of a white Suburban ran off the road, overcorrected, and hit a guardrail, causing the vehicle to tumble down the embankment and into the water. The driver, whose identity has yet to be released, was killed in the crash. Investigators say he was the lone occupant of the vehicle.


Rescue Crews from the Tarboro Fire Department and Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office were in the water shortly after the 1 p.m. crash took place, and the man’s body was recovered approximately two hours later.


Around that same time, a red car was involved in a collision on the bridge that crushed its front bumper. Authorities have not said if anyone was injured in that crash, but have said it was not related to the other crash.

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