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A well-respected IT contractor for several libraries including the Halifax County Library System died Tuesday after colliding with a cotton hauler in the Mullin Road and Highway 125 area near Scotland Neck.

A preliminary report by Trooper K.I. Spearman of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol says that Mark Sundbom, of Macclesfield, was traveling through the Mullin Road intersection north around 2 p.m. He failed to yield the right of way and collided with a Freightliner cotton hauler.

Both vehicles ran off the right shoulder and came to rest in a ditch.

Sundbom, 54, died as a result of the injuries sustained.

The driver of the cotton hauler was not injured.

Halifax County Manager Dia Denton confirmed that Sundbom was an independent contractor for the county library system. “He was very well-liked and respected by the staff. He was very experienced with library IT systems and he was able to install both hardware and software systems and was able to train the staff to troubleshoot certain items in case he wasn’t immediately available. The library staff will miss him dearly.”