Driver ejected, killed after car slams into tree in Durham County, officials say


DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal serious crash that occurred just inside the Durham County line near Orange County Friday morning.

Emergency dispatch received a call regarding the crash located at St. Mary’s Road and Bivins Road around 7 a.m., authorities said.

Highway patrol officials said one person died in the crash when their car ran off the road and slammed into a tree. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected and killed on impact.

A CBS 17 crew on scene reported that one vehicle with heavy damage was at the scene and being loaded onto a wrecker when they arrived.

Photos from the scene show that the driver’s side of the Toyota sedan was mangled in the crash and the back bumper was ripped off and a section of the roof was peeled back. Debris was also scattered along the side of the road and in a ditch.

Neighbors told CBS 17 that they heard a crash just before 6 a.m. and that it appeared the car hit a tree before going into a ditch.

Authorities said they don’t have an exact cause of the crash at this time, but that speed was a factor.

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the crash to assist with traffic control.

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