One driver was killed and another seriously injured in a nearly head-on crash Friday on N.C. 87 near the Carolina Trace Fire Department, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The wreck was reported at 8:50 a.m., investigating Trooper S.R. Thompson said.

Shelby Cornett, 20, of Raleigh, driving a white GMC Sierra pickup truck, was traveling south when the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a Ford F-150 pickup truck operated by Tracy White, 53 of Cameron, Thompson said.

Cornett’s truck came to rest in the yard of a residence south of the crash while White’s vehicle was atop a hill on the far side of a culvert ditch facing south.

White was pronounced dead at the scene, Thompson said.

Cornett was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, Thompson said. He said she had “severe” injuries.

A large amount of debris from both vehicles was strewn about an area nearly halfway between the two vehicles. The hood from one of the vehicles was ripped off and tossed on the roadside.

“It wasn’t directly head-on,” Thompson said, “but it was a hard collision and the two (vehicles) came apart.”

It was raining at the time, the trooper said, but there is no indication at this time that Cornett’s truck hydroplaned. The speed of each truck had not been determined on Friday afternoon.

The crash and responding emergency vehicles shut down both lanes of N.C. 87. Eventually, northbound traffic was diverted onto Frank Wicker Road, Thompson said.

The road reopened about 11:25 a.m., he said.

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