- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MAPLE HILL, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a couple from Atlanta died in a head-on collision when their sport utility vehicle crossed the center line and hit a box truck. A trooper says a 1-year-old in the sport utility vehicle survived.

Authorities tell multiple media outlets report that the box truck driver wasn’t injured and that the child was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol identified the victims of the wreck in Pender County as 44-year-old Robert Fiala and his wife, 53-year-old Donna Bolding Fiala, both of Atlanta. Trooper C.K. Parks told WECT-TV that the 1-year-old likely survived because the child was in a rear-facing seat.

The wreck happened early Friday on N.C. Highway 53 near Maple Hill.

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