Dakota Truesdale, 3; and Imani Truesdale, 2, killed in car collision with semi truck on Windblow Road at Belford Church Road in Montgomery County, North Carolina
Troopers say a stop sign, which was supposed to be at Belford Church Road, was removed and tossed in the nearby woods. It is believed someone hit it and tossed it away.
"Right as the truck entered the intersection, the car went right in front of it and it was just an explosion," said Dale Capel, an eyewitness to the deadly crash. "When I got to the car, the right side was just tore out. It was terrible."
Capel says moments after hearing the crash, he ran outside. Capel says he noticed the driver of the tractor-trailer swerve 40 yards into a nearby field before running to the injured family. Capel says the truck driver was screaming "I couldn't help it. I couldn't stop."
The pregnant driver of the car broke her pelvis and the man in the front seat has a concussion and a broken shoulder. The unborn baby survived and the parents are expected to recover.