Saturday morning, firefighters from Faison and Calypso along with EMS units from Duplin and Wayne counties were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle accident at the intersection of the 117 Connector and Highway 50 between Calypso and Faison. Firefighters had to use extrication tools to remove the door of the blue vehicle to get the driver out. Three patients were taken to the hospital from this crash. The blue vehicle was heading east on Highway 50 and the silver vehicle was heading south on the 117 Connector when the collision occurred. The accident is being investigated by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Later Saturday morning, firefighters from Calypso and a Duplin County EMS unit responded to a second accident on the 117 Connector at the intersection of West Trade Street in Calypso. Firefighters had just returned from the first accident when the second accident was reported involving a blue jeep and a brown passenger vehicle. Three patients from this accident were taken to the hospital in Duplin County with non-life threatening injuries. The center of the intersection was completely blocked by both vehicles. Firefighters set up traffic control through the crash site. The accident is under investigation by the State Highway Patrol.