Mill Spring woman dies in head-on crash near Sunny View

Published 12:01 am Saturday, November 22, 2014

by Leah Justice

A Mill Spring woman died Friday afternoon, Nov. 21 after crossing the center line along Hwy. 9 in the Sunny View community and hitting another vehicle head on.

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Isabell Davis Laughter, 72, was traveling south on Hwy. 9 with four children in a 2001 Pontiac when she crossed the center line and struck a 2014 Ford SUV at approximately 3:30 p.m., according to N.C. State Trooper Matt Strawbridge.

The four children, all under age 16, were transported to local hospitals, two by ambulance and two airlifted.  The two children airlifted were listed in critical condition on Friday and the other two passengers were released from the hospital later Friday, according to reports.

The driver of the SUV, Frances Durban, 53, of Charlotte was also transported and suffered a broken collarbone, according to reports.

Troopers said it appears Laughter was not wearing a seatbelt and two of her passengers may also have not been wearing seatbelts. Local emergency services workers extricated Laughter from the vehicle.

The collision occurred along Hwy. 9 near Garret Road where traffic was shut down for approximately four hours.