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First responders prepare remove Luther Ruffer, the driver of a 2006 Silverado, one of three vehicles involved in the wreck. Ruffer later succumbed to his injuries. The wreck occurred Thursday afternoon in Swansboro. (Photo by Mike McHugh)

A four-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of one of the drivers is still being investigated, according to Lt. Dwayne Taylor of the Swansboro Police Department.

Lt. Taylor's account follows ...

At 1:38pm, on Thursday, Sept. 3, the Swansboro Police Department responded to the area of West Corbett Avenue and Main Street in reference to a multiple-vehicle crash, with one subject trapped. In statements, a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Luther Ruffner, 55, of Hubert was traveling west.

The vehicle crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck a 2018 Freightliner driven by Luis Gonzalez, 30, of High Point. The impact spun the Freightliner and both vehicles came to a stop blocking the eastbound lanes of travel. Debris struck a 2014 Audi driven by Natascha Fogel, 41, of Jacksonville and a 2000 GMC Sierra driven by Sandra Phillips, 66, of Swansboro. Both east- and westbound lanes of travel were shut down for approximately 45 minutes to land an Air East helicopter to transport Ruffner.

Members of the Bear Creek Fire Department, Onslow County Fire Services, Onslow County EMS and NC SHP assisted with the scene. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

(4) comments

David Collins

One of if not the most dangerous intersections around . Very few even attempt to reduce speed and constantly run right through the red lights . I have learned to count to 5 then look both ways when the light turns green for West Corbett . A police officer could write a book full of tickets most every day , if they would .


Worst intersection in town . Ditto what David said . Drivers don’t slow down and aren’t quick to yield to others. Coming from main st extension turning left onto24 I wait a couple seconds after that light turns green every time. Not that anybody ran a red light. Still a bad intersection

David Collins

Can remember at a commissioners meeting the discussion was the pending reduction of the speed limit on 24 to 35mph . The Chief was asked if his department was ready to enforce the new speed limit . All present were assured that he was . Fast forward to today . Going by what I experience daily , the 35mph limit is just a suggestion . Even at 45mph you can expect to be tailgated and passed every day . People run that stoplight all the time day and night . Way past time for a coordinated roundup of speeders and light busters . Nothing like a moving violation to get your attention and lighten your wallet . As a side benefit it might well get a few drunks and unlicensed drivers off the road as well .

true that

sorry speed had nothing to do with this. so sorry for the mans family.

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