Three men died in a single-car accident and fire in Northampton County on Sunday morning.
According to a news release from the Gaston Fire-Rescue-EMS, the incident occurred along N.C. 48 in Pleasant Hill near the border with Virginia. The crash was reported shortly after 8 a.m.
When responders arrived, they found that a sedan had split in two and it was completely engulfed in flames.
The accident occurred in a wooded area and brush around the car was also on fire.
When firefighters put out the blaze, they discovered that the three males had been thrown from the vehicle and they had died.
As of Tuesday, the authorities had not released the names or ages of the victims.
Fire units spent about two hours on the scene and one lane of the highway was closed.
Several entities responded to the scene including the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, Northampton County EMS, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and the North Carolina Forestry Service.
North Carolina troopers are probing the incident.
As of April 2020, North Carolina had recorded 82,405 crashes resulting in 30, 942 injuries and 447 fatalities. This is according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation which updates the figures monthly on a two-month delay.
In 2019, there were 318 043 crashes, resulting in 125, 273 injuries and 1,472 fatalities.
NCDOT has been aiming to reduce the fatality rate to 1.15 or less. However, based on this year’s figures, it stands at 1.17.
The fatality rate is the number of statewide fatalities on the state’s roads per 100 million vehicle miles traveled for the calendar year to date.
If you lost a loved one in a crash, you may be entitled to compensation. A North Carolina car accident lawyer can help you.