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Authorities release names of 2 killed in wreck on NC 226

Authorities said Tuesday that two people are dead, and one is airlifted for medical care in a crash that closed NC-226 in McDowell County in both directions. (Image credit: McDowell County Emergency Services)

Authorities said Tuesday that two people are dead, and one was airlifted for medical care in a crash that closed NC-226 in McDowell County in both directions.

MAMA was called to the scene and airlifted one person to Mission Trauma Center. Two others were pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt J.E. Reid with highway patrol reports that a dump truck coming south down the hill on 226 appeared to be speeding. Reid said truck driver, Tony Frye, of Hickory, was left of center, and his truck overturned.

Two women in a Honda coming north up the hill got clipped and struck by the truck. Reid also says the Honda was crushed and dragged beneath the truck.

The truck driver was killed, and 15-year-old Julie Turpin, of Burke County, the passenger in the Honda, was killed.

The female driver of the Honda was airlifted from the scene in serious condition.

The scene cleared and the road re-opened Tuesday afternoon.


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