Three dead in North Carolina crash that splits car into two pieces, triggers fire

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PLEASANT HILL, N.C. (WNCN/WFXR) — Three people died in a single-car crash and fire in Northampton County Sunday morning, officials say.

The incident was reported just after 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, along N.C. 48 in Pleasant Hill, according to a news release from Gaston Fire-Rescue-EMS.

Crews arrived and found the car, a sedan, was “split in two and was fully engulfed in flames,” officials said.

Areas surrounding the car were reportedly also in flames.

“Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire to find that three males had been ejected and were deceased,” the release said.

Fire units were on the scene for approximately two hours following the incident, during which time first responders closed one lane of the highway. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Forestry Service, and Northampton County EMS were also at the scene.

North Carolina Highway Patrol is leading the investigation into the wreck, but officials have not released the names or ages of the victims.

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