According to a report filed by N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Scott Floyd, Barbara Moore Hursey was killed when her 1994 Lincoln collided with a 2002 Chevrolet driven by Bessie L. Monroe of Bladenboro.
Both victims were transported to Bladen County Hospital by Tar Heel EMS. Monroe was transferred to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where she is listed in stable condition. Hursey was dead on arrival.
Hursey was travelling east on N.C. 41, the report said, when witnesses say she swerved across the center line and into the path of Monroe's vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway.
Tire impressions indicated both vehicles were traveling slightly below the speed limit before impact.
The accident occurred around 3:15 p.m. just west of the intersection of N.C. 41 and N.C. 410.
Hursey, who was 73, lived on N.C. 87 in Dublin. Monroe, 59, lives at 1623 W. Seaboard St., Bladenboro.
Damages to Hursey's Lincoln were estimated at $12,000. Damages to Monroe's Chevrolet were around $25,000. Both vehicles were demolished.
Hursey was the widow of Floyd Hursey, Dublin's first fire chief. Her son, Alex, is the current chief of the department.
Barbara Hursey was remembered Monday as someone who encouraged her family service with Dublin's VFD.
"I can't remember hearing anyone say anything bad about her," said town clerk Arlene Matthews. "She wasn't always out working in the community like her husband and son, but she was always there supporting them."
"Everyone in town is shocked and saddened," Matthews said.
Hursey was the ninth person to die on Bladen County roads this year.
A Fayetteville woman was killed in an April 5 crash near Tar Heel, and two brothers were killed April 9 between Elizabethtown and White Oak on N.C. 53 in a head on collision with another vehicle.