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(Top) Emergency crews prepare to transport Stephanie Avila, 17, of Crouse after a single-vehicle wreck this morning near the intersection of Victory Grove and Jerry Crump roads. Avila had to be extricated by responders. She was taken to Gaston Memorial Hospital with minor to moderate injuries, according to EMS.

(Right) Orlando Ortega, driving a Pontiac Grand Prix, was charged with exceeding a safe speed after he struck a tractor trailer backing out of a parking lot. The wreck happened Tuesday morning in front of Lincoln Bonded Warehouse on Flint Street. Ortega was transported to LMC. The driver of the truck, Charles Grindstaff Jr., was not injured. Photos by Diane Turbyfill / Lincoln Times-News & Sgt. John Caudill / Lincolnton Police Department

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