Troopers: Twin teenage boys killed in high-speed crash in Union County

Troopers: Twin teenage boys killed in high-speed crash in Union County

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating after twin teenage brothers were killed in a high-speed crash involving another car and a U-Haul truck in Union County.

The crash happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 74 near Unionville and Indian Trail Road.

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In total, three vehicles were involved -- two cars and a U-haul truck.

Trooper Ray Pierce told Channel 9's Elsa Gillis the two cars were traveling very fast, around 80 mph. They hit each other and one car with twin teen brothers in it lost control, crossed the center of the road and crashed into the moving truck.

"Haven't seen one that bad in quite some time," Pierce said. "Just the sheer force between the U-Haul truck and the vehicle, that was a lot of impact at those speeds."

Officials said the two teens were both under the driving age and the driver did not have a license.

One of the twin boys died at the scene and the other was taken to the hospital, but later died from his injuries.

"It’s a hard thing, you don’t want to bury your babies," another parent said.

The truck driver had minor injuries.

Troopers said they are interviewing the driver of the other car. They were also treated for minor injuries, and right now, there is no indication the two cars were connected.

"After the collision investigation is done, then we’ll go back further and find out why they were in the car, who gave them permission to drive the car, how they got the keys; things of that nature," Pierce said.

The Union County school district said one of the twins was a student at Porter Ridge High School and the other was a student at Monroe High School.

The crash is still under investigation.

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