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North Carolina accident leaves several people injured

At least three people are injured following a single-vehicle crash in North Carolina. A trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol explained that the driver of the SUV carrying the victims lost control of the vehicle shortly before 11:00 a.m., causing it to flip over onto the shoulder of an Interstate highway. While the trooper said there are no fatalities as of yet, several of the SUV's occupants sustained serious injuries in the wreck.

The SUV was carrying several people at the time of the crash, including an infant, two 2-year-olds, a 32-year old woman, a 17-year-old and a 21-year-old. Three of these individuals were thrown from the SUV when it overturned. According to a NCHP representative, none of these three victims were wearing safety belts. The victims were sent to two different medical care facilities to be treated. A helicopter was initially called in to airlift some of the victims, but this request was later canceled.

At last report, one of the 2-year-olds remained in critical condition, while two other victims were stable. The NCHP could not release details about the status of the other four individuals, as they do not live in North Carolina. The NCHP representative explained that the names of these victims would only be released after their families are told about the accident.

Police are currently investigating the cause of the accident. The SUV's driver claims that a semi-truck veered into her lane several times before she lost control of her vehicle. While the truck may have contributed to the crash, an NCHP trooper said that the two vehicles never made contact. He added that charges might be filed pending the completion of the NCHP's investigation of the crash.

Source: The Times-News, "Multiple people sent to hospital after interstate accident," Molly McGowan, Jan. 27, 2012

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