UPDATE: The names of the victims and patients involved have been included in this story.
Two people were pronounced dead after a collision on Coxes Creek Mountain, authorities said Tuesday afternoon.
At approximately 1:07 p.m. Tuesday, emergency units responded to N.C. 226 North at the bottom of Coxes Creek Mountain after receiving calls of a motor vehicle collision involving a dump truck and a passenger car.
According to Sgt. J.E. Reid of the N.C. Highway Patrol, the dump truck, driven by 55-year-old Toney Abron Frye of Hickory, was traveling southbound on the mountainside when it veered left of center and, as told by witnesses, started to roll on its side. As it fell over, Reid said it struck an oncoming yellow Honda, driven by 43-year-old Teresa Anne Turpin of Morganton, traveling northbound.
Traffic northbound on N.C. 226 towards Coxes Creek Road was shut down for more than three hours.
Turpin was flown via MAMA helicopter to Mission Trauma Center with serious injuries. Frye and a passenger in the Honda, 15-year-old Julie Lauren Turpin, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Emergency Services Director William Kehler.
Woodlawn-Sevier Fire Department, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the scene.