- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

BOONE, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a Tennessee family of three and a South Carolina motorist are dead after a high-speed crash in the North Carolina mountains.

Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Grogan said Sunday that the driver of a five-ton pickup truck was traveling at least 90 miles an hour around a slight curve when he slammed head-on into the Tennessee family’s Honda Civic. Both vehicles burst into flames after the Saturday night crash.

Dead are 24-year-old Nicholas Blackwell, his 23-year-old wife Molly and their 11-month-old daughter Harper, all of Mountain City, Tennessee.

Grogan says 64-year-old Michael Pinkham of Ridgeway, South Carolina, was pulled from his burning truck by passers-by. He died later at a hospital in nearby Boone.

The accident happened on U.S. Highway 421 on the Tennessee-North Carolina border.


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