A teenager was killed and seven other teens were taken to hospitals following a pickup truck crash in southeastern North Carolina early Sunday.
Tyrus Johnston, 17, of Shallotte, died at the hospital following the single-vehicle crash around 1:35 a.m. on Highway 130 in the small town of Supply about 30 miles southwest of Wilmington, reported WECT.
Other victims include the driver, Joshua Coleman, 17, of Supply; Teala Moss, 14, of Shallotte; Raekwon Brooks, 15, of Supply; Anthony Groves, 17, of Shallotte; Megan Brown, 15, of Supply; Winston Stothart, 15, of Supply; and Selena Utter, 16, of Calabash.
Five of the teenagers were riding inside the truck while Johnston, Utter, and Groves were riding in the bed of the truck, troopers said. Of the driver and six remaining passengers also taken to hospitals, one was critically injured, while the others were seriously injured.
The pickup hit a ditch on Hwy. 130, also known as Holden Beach Road, troopers said.
Officials are still actively investigating the incident and charges are pending. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
In North Carolina, it is legal for a passenger to ride in the bed of a pickup as long as that passenger is at least 16 years old, which is the case in this incident, troopers said. Any passenger riding in the bed of a truck under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.