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Troopers: Alcohol suspected as driver crashes into church

 

JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER

 

Alcohol may be to blame for a wreck that sent a Lincoln County woman to a Charlotte hospital Saturday night after her vehicle ran off the road and plowed through a church graveyard before striking the church building itself.

Trooper Black with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol confirmed to the Lincoln Times-News Sunday night that a 24-year-old white female motorist was traveling down Reepsville Road  in northwestern Lincoln County after 8 p.m. Saturday when she apparently lost control of her Chevy Blazer and went off the road, striking a tombstone just before striking Reepsville Baptist Church in Vale.

The vehicle produced a hole in the side of the building, authorities said.

The driver was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center-Main after suffering significant injuries. However, details on her current condition remain unknown.

She was the only person inside the vehicle at the time of the wreck, and no other injuries were reported, Black said.

While troopers think the woman was driving the speed limit at the time of the incident, they said alcohol may have been a factor.

The State Bureau of Investigation is currently in the process of determining the victim’s blood alcohol content.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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