Highway 101 accident

Emergency crews work the scene of a two-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon at Highway 101 and Old Winberry Road. (Dylan Ray photo)

Editor's note: This article was updated Jan. 22, 2020, at 5:09 p.m. with the latest information available.

MILL CREEK — One person died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 101 and Old Winberry Road.

According to an email from N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. David Clifton, at “approximately 12:15 p.m., a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Joel Hardesty of Beaufort, was traveling at a high rate of speed on NC 101 towards Havelock in a slight curve and crossed the center line, striking a burgundy 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser, driven by Floyd Scott Woolbright of Havelock, head-on.

“A third vehicle, a Ford F-150 driven by Ralph Craddock of Mann’s Harbor NC, made contact after the Toyota FJ Cruiser was pushed backwards by the violent impact,” according to the email.

Sgt. Clifton said Mr. Hardesty was airlifted to Vidant Heath in Greenville with life-threatening injuries. Officials pronounced Mr. Woolbright dead at the scene. 

The email from the trooper states Mr. Woolbright was a retired U.S. Marine.

The third driver in the accident suffered no injuries.

Senior Trooper Adam Collins will serve as the primary investigator and will be assisted by Sgt. Clifton, Sgt. Alisha Elson, Master Trooper Matthew Bunn and Master Trooper Roger Pitman.

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office, the Beaufort Fire Department, the Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department and the Harlowe Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene Wednesday. Chadwick’s Wrecker Service towed both vehicles.

“The Collision Reconstruction Team will be downloading the vehicles,” Sgt Clifton. “The District Attorney (Scott Thomas) was contacted about the collision and recommend what charges to file,” Sgt. Clifton added. “There were several witnesses that were interviewed and a blood test for alcohol/ drugs was done on Mr. Hardesty prior to being transporting. Charges are pending in the investigation.”


Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

(Previous report)

HARLOWE – One lane of traffic is moving again on Highway 101 at Old Winberry Road following a two-vehicle accident that occurred just after noon Wednesday.

Westbound traffic is on the move, while eastbound traffic is being directed down Old Winberry Road as of 12:50 p.m., according to a News-Times reporter on scene. 

Crews from several departments, including Mill Creek, Beaufort and Harlowe, remain on scene at the head-on collision.

This is a developing report.

(Previous report)

HARLOWE – Highway 101 at Old Winberry Road is closed to traffic in both directions Wednesday afternoon for a motor vehicle collision possibly involving serious injuries.

According to scanner reports, two vehicles were involved in the collision around 12:10 p.m. Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Beaufort Fire Department were called to respond to the scene. Crews are redirecting traffic in the area.

This is a developing report.

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