Driver identified in deadly Johnston County crash with tanker truck

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
1 killed in Johnston County tanker truck crash
A tanker truck crashed with a car and caught fire in Johnston County on Tuesday.

SELMA, N.C. (WTVD) -- A tanker truck crashed with a car and caught fire in Johnston County on Tuesday, leaving one person dead.

It happened on NC Highway 39 several miles north of Selma.

ABC11 has learned that the driver of the 2015 Nissan Sentra died in the crash when they collided head-on with a tanker truck.

On Wednesday, state troopers identified the driver killed as Quentin Peter Greear, 42, of Louisburg.

A witness who said they were riding behind the car before the crash, said the driver of the car was periodically crossing over the center line for a couple of miles. Then, they crossed over the center line and slammed into the oncoming fuel truck.

The force of the crash sent the car off the road into a ditch and the fuel truck off the shoulder of the highway -- where it caught fire. The driver of the fuel truck, a 50-year-old man from Knightdale, was able to get out with only minor injuries.

State troopers said speeding appeared to be a factor in the crash and suspect drug impairment may have been a contributing factor.

Chopper 11 flew over the crash site after firefighters put out the flames. They used a type of foam that can be seen spread all across the road, the tanker truck and the ditch and woods off the highway.

The tanker truck was destroyed. The car involved in the crash had extensive damage to its front end.