Young NC woman dies in I-40 crash in Johnston County, officials say

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JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) — A young North Carolina woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning.

Vivian Coral Bass, age 20, of the 900 block of Timer Lake Dr. NW in Wilson, died when the 2008 Toyota passenger car she was driving crashed, according to Sergeant Michael Baker of the NC State Highway Patrol.

The wreck happened around 4:10 a.m. Wednesday on I-40 near the 328 mile marker in Johnston County, Baker said.

“A preliminary investigation revealed a passenger vehicle was traveling east on I-40 when the driver traveled off onto the eastbound shoulder and struck a guard rail,” Baker said in an email. “After impact, the vehicle became engulfed in fire,” Baker added.

Bass had lived in Greenville in the past and was a graduate of Fike High School in Wilson, according to her profile on Facebook.

Many people took to social media to remember Bass and ask for prayers for her family.

“Please be in prayer for the family of Scott and Debbie Bass. They lost their daughter Vivian this morning. My kid’s grew up with Vivian at church and this just breaks my heart,” family friend Michelle Gaines wrote on Facebook.

“…life is too short and I can’t believe another life has been cut extremely short. RIP Vivian Bass. You were always one of my sweetest friends and I’ll never forget your smile whenever you’d see me in the hall. Fly high, beautiful,” wrote friend Desirae Owens on Facebook. “My thoughts are with Debbie Bass and the rest of Vivian’s family tonight.”

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