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VIDEO: 4 trapped, 1 airlifted after crash on Kirksey Drive
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VIDEO: 4 trapped, 1 airlifted after crash on Kirksey Drive


Four people were trapped in a car, and one of them had to be airlifted after a crash Tuesday evening.

The crash happened just before 6 p.m. on Kirksey Drive near the Burke County Emergency Communications Center.

Witnesses told police that a white passenger car was headed north toward Grace Ridge Retirement Community when it tried to pass another vehicle on a double yellow line and hit a green SUV headed toward Amherst Road head on, said Lt. Brad Buchanan of the Morganton Department of Public Safety.

Police said all four people involved in the crash had to be cut out of the vehicles.

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The identities of those involved have not yet been released.

Three people were transported to the hospital, and another had to be airlifted to a larger facility, police said.

Two people were released Wednesday evening, and the two others remained hospitalized, said MDPS Capt. Jason Whisnant.

The crash still is under investigation. More information will be published as it becomes available.

Kirksey Drive was shut down for several hours.

MDPS police and fire, Burke County Rescue Squad and Burke County REACT responded to the scene.

Chrissy Murphy is a staff writer and can be reached at or at 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter.

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