Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol have released the names of a mother and her infant daughter who were killed this week in a crash on N.C. 150 near the Lincoln/Catawba County line.
Tisa Michelle Strickland, 26, and her 1-year-old daughter Payton Michelle Dellinger died instantly after their vehicle collided head on with a tractor-trailer around 8 a.m. Wednesday.
NCSHP communications headquarters in Newton told the Times-News that the wreck occurred on the busy highway east of N.C. 16 near Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic.
A witness of the deadly scene told Trooper Bill Martin that the woman was driving a 2007 Pontiac, traveling west on N.C. 150, when she tried to pass a lengthy line of cars and collided with a tractor-trailer traveling in the opposite lane.
Martin added that the man driving the tractor-trailer, whose name was not available at time of publication, was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln with non-life-threatening injuries.
Troopers said they weren’t certain of the vehicles’ speed of impact but plan to survey the Pontiac’s “crush damage” for further details.
Martin said authorities have ruled out drugs and alcohol as being factors in the crash.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue served as the scene’s primary responder with mutual aid from Denver and Pumpkin Center Fire Departments in Lincoln County. Catawba County Sheriff’s deputies and Emergency Medical Services also responded to the incident.
Following the crash, troopers closed down the entire stretch of N.C. 150 and setup a detour into northeastern Lincoln County so authorities could clean-up the scene and move the tractor-trailer off the highway. N.C. 150 reopened around 2 p.m. Wednesday.