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N.C. Highway Patrol confirms a Maiden-area woman and her daughter were killed when their car collided head-on with a tractor-trailer truck on N.C. 150 about 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Trooper W.A. Martin told The O-N-E that the driver of a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix was driving westbound on N.C. 150 at the time of the accident.
"An independent witness said she had several cars in front of her, and it appeared that she tried to fall out and pass those vehicles," Martin said, "and the car made impact with the tractor trailer in the east-bound lane."
Martin said the flatbed truck, owned by Dellinger Precast Inc. of Denver, was hauling concrete blocks at the time of the wreck. Upon collision, some of the load broke free. The driver of the truck was also injured in the wreck.
The identity of the drivers and passengers have not been released by NCSHP pending family notification.
The woman driving the passenger car was wearing her seatbelt and the child was appropriately restrained in a car seat in the middle of the rear seat, Martin said. Speed was not a factor in the wreck, he said.
N.C. 150 is still closed east of the N.C. 16 intersection, and it is expected to remain close until mid-afternoon. Troopers and N.C. Department of Transportation are detouring traffic onto south N.C. 16 and onto Grassy Creek Road to get back to Highway 150.
Sherrills Ford Fire and Rescue first responded to the scene. Catawba County EMS, Denver Fire Department, Catawba County Sheriffs Department and N.C. Highway Patrol all responded to the scene.
The N.C. Highway Patrol's Commercial Vehicles Unit is investigating the crash.
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