2 Mt. Olive students killed, 5 others injured in Wayne County crash

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MT. OLIVE, N.C. (WNCN) – Two University of Mount Olive students were killed and five others were injured in a traffic collision early Friday morning, the Highway Patrol confirmed.

Troopers said the driver of Jeep ran a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 55 and Indian Springs Road just outside Mount Olive.

That Jeep went into the lanes of Highway 55 where it was hit by a tractor-trailer in front of Unity Baptist Church. The collision forced the Jeep off the road and into a ditch.

There were seven Mt. Olive students in the Jeep at the time of the collision.

A 22-year-old woman who was in the front passenger seat and a woman who was in the back seat were killed, troopers said.

The other five occupants were transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with critical injuries.

The passengers in the back were not wearing seatbelts but the two in the front were, troopers said.

The Highway Patrol believes alcohol was a factor in the crash as evidence of beer and wine was found at the scene.

The names of those in the Jeep were not released.

The truck driver was not injured.

The University of Mount Olive is currently on an extended spring break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes resume on March 23.

Some of the students in the Jeep were members of the women’s lacrosse team at Mt. Olive, the Highway Patrol said.

This story will be updated.

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