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Car accident leaves two dead in North Carolina

One person is dead following a single-car crash in North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the fatal accident occurred at around 3 a.m. in Union County, about 180 miles from Wrightsville Beach. A trooper with the NCHP who helped process the crash site said the driver appeared to have been traveling over 90 mph just before the crash. Police do not believe the driver was impaired by alcohol at the time.

Police say the driver lost control of his sports car as he negotiated the road, causing the vehicle to collide with a stationary flatbed tow truck. The impact reportedly pushed the truck backwards; a feat that the truck's owner said is not easy. "I think that truck is about 15,000 (pounds)," said the owner of the truck and a body shop near the accident site. He added, "To move it, he had to hit it hard."

Following the accident, wreckage from the car remained crumpled in a field near the body shop. The body shop owner said he was surprised when he received a call for a towing job immediately near his business. He explained, "We usually don't have to do our own [tows], but troopers called me this morning. I didn't expect someone to tell me they came through the parking lot and hit the truck."

The car's 22-year-old passenger was killed by the collision, though the exact nature of his fatal injuries is unclear. The 23-year-old driver allegedly fled the crash scene, running into a nearby field and hiding there. The body shop owner told reporters that police eventually found the suspect in the field at approximately 5 a.m. He was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. It is unclear where the suspect was transported for processing.

A NCHP trooper on the scene declined to comment on the crash. However, he told reporters, "When someone loses their life, it's always unfortunate."

Source: WCNC, "1 killed after car crashes into tow truck," Greg Argos, April 20, 2012

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