Two Killed, One Injured In Lincoln County Accident

LINCOLN COUNTY, NC — The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says two people were killed and one was injured after an accident early Sunday morning.

The accident happened around 3:30am on NC 182 near Sorrells Baxter Road.

Troopers say Caleb Clark, 22, of Vale was driving a 2014 Mustang when he ran off the right side of the road, hit a fence, overturned and struck a utility pole. Clark was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

The front passenger, Hugh Matthews Hester, Jr., 23, of Lincolnton was also pronounced dead at the scene, troopers say. A woman riding in the backseat was transported to Atrium Health Cleveland with minor injuries.

Investigators say speed and alcohol are suspected. The investigation is ongoing.