LUMBERTON — It may be days before investigators can positively identify a person killed Monday morning when the car they were driving crashed on Chicken Road and caught fire.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Phillip Collins said Monday afternoon that a medical examiner is working to determine the identity of the person.
According to a report by Trooper M.J. Connor, the accident occurred at about 3:18 a.m. on Chicken Road near Biggs Road, about four miles south of Pembroke. The vehicle was traveling north on Chicken Road when it ran off the road in a curve, struck a tree and caught fire, the report said. A body was recovered after the flames were controlled.
It’s unclear why the driver ran off the road. According to the report, speed was not a factor and there were no signs of braking on the road.
Early Saturday morning, a Bladen County man was struck and killed by a train in Lumberton while lying on the train tracks, according to Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives for the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Thompson, Nathan Cody Deaver was struck near 547 Singletary Church Road at about 5 a.m.
Deaver, 24, lived on Midway Drive in Bladenboro.
The train’s conductor told authorities that the train was traveling west toward Lumberton when he saw Deaver lying on the tracks, blew the train whistle and attempted to stop the train before striking him, Thompson said.
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