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Did Post-Storm Raging Waters Contribute to Deaths in Submerged SUV?

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North Carolina—along with many other states across the Southeast—has been in the news for deadly spring storms. A total of 22 storm-related deaths have been confirmed and 120 injuries have been reported.

Despite the heavy storms across the state, troopers don’t believe the weather played a role in a fatal crash that happened over the weekend. Two infants died, along with an adolescent boy, a man and a woman in a car crash on Sunday.

The fatal accident occurred when an SUV overturned on a national forest road in eastern North Carolina on April 17, 2011 and killed five people. Officials estimate that the accident occurred around 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. The gravel road is in Croatan National Forest near Camp Lejune.

Instead, Highway Patrol Trooper R.A. Woods said speed was a likely factor based on tire marks left on the road. None of the victims—including the driver—have yet been publicly identified. It’s unclear whether the five were a family or relatives.

Everyone in the car but the man—the driver—was wearing proper restrains, including seat belts and child safety seats. It’s possible that the man died while trying to assist the other passengers. The vehicle had flipped and fallen into a canal where it sunk and was almost completely submerged.