OAK RIDGE, N.C. -- Maria Santoni is used to cars whizzing by her property, but a completely different sound woke her up Thursday morning.
“It was the loudest sound I have ever heard,” Santoni said. “It was a boom!”
Just outside her back yard in Oak Ridge, two cars crushed by a head on collision around 5:20 a.m. on N.C. 68. She immediately called 911.
State Highways Patrol said Haywood Anderson was driving north, trying to pass a car in a no passing zone.
“If you notice, there's like a hill there, and you don't see the incoming cars until you are so close to them,” Santoni said.
Troopers say Anderson collided with Steven Francis Stockstill head on. Stockstill was driving a box truck south.
Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders tried to get Stockstill to Moses Cone Medical Center, but he was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital.
“I was so sorry for the one I saw because he looked like he was pretty young and in a way I saw my son and said, 'Oh my gosh that could have been one of my sons,'” Santoni said.
This isn’t the first time Santoni has called 911 for an accident on this portion of N.C. 68.
“I absolutely think they should put some type of guard rail because really I mean it just happens all the time,” she said.
She says she’s seen up to five accidents here in the 11 years she’s lived in Oak Ridge, most happening at night since the area isn’t well lit.