An early morning accident in Bryan County has claimed the lives of a mother and son and has the small town of Pembroke mourning the loss.
Police say it happened around 7:30am on Highway 280 in Pembroke. They are still investigating, but they do say a man swerved over the center line and slammed head on into oncoming traffic.
It was supposed to be another day on their way to school. A mother and her child were traveling down a stretch of highway when police say this white Chevy Tahoe slammed right into her vehicle.
"There was a white Chevy Tahoe that was traveling westbound that crossed the center line for some unknown reason, stuck the Mazda SUV head on, which resulted in a fatality of two individuals," said Capt. Mike Maxwell of the Bryan County Sheriff's Office.
Although investigators have not released any names, authorities tell us the woman was a teacher at Lanier Primary School, where her young son was also a student.
"It's just a tragic event," said Capt. Maxwell.
After the Mazda ended up in a ditch, the Chevy continued to spin out of control. It finally came to a stop after a green Ford Explorer smashed into it, sending both drivers to the hospital.
Some motorists watched in disbelief, as emergency crews worked to clear the scene of this accident.
Police say it's tragedies involving small children that are often the hardest to deal with. "It never gets easy, it's hard," Capt. Maxwell said. "You just have to be professional."
Police say they will not release the names of the victims until all family members are notified.