Midway wreck claims life

Published 8:56 am Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MIDWAY – An early Monday morning wreck at a Bertie County intersection has claimed the life of a Raleigh man.

Trooper J.V. Reid of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said 38-year-old Myron Burney was killed when the 2011 Toyota Avalon passenger car he was driving, traveling east on US-17, collided with a tractor-trailer headed north on NC-45 driven by Robert Peele, 47, of Washington, NC.

The crash occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m.

According to information from Elizabeth City State University, Burney served as Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at the school.

“Please keep Myron’s family in your prayers and thoughts. Death diminishes us all. Myron’s death is a tragic loss for his family, the ECSU community, and human kind,” ECSU Chancellor Charles Becton said in a statement released Monday night to students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Trooper Reid said the two vehicles met at the intersection and that Burney’s car went underneath the trailer and continued to travel east on the road where it struck a group of trees before finally coming to rest. There was no word on the speed in which either vehicle was traveling.

Burney was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

According to the Highway Patrol the crash is still under investigation and anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call the NCHP’s Troop A District II office in Ahoskie at 252-332-6800.  For any information after regular business hours you are urged to please call 252-325-2847.

The incident is the 11th fatality of 2014 in District II, comprised of Hertford, Bertie, and Gates counties.  It is the 8th fatality of the year in Bertie County.