Fires require three things: fuel, oxygen, and an ignition source. Most cars are fueled by gasoline, there is oxygen all around us, and an ignition source can be a simple spark. If the fuel line ruptures or there is damage to the battery and a spark emits from metal scraping against the pavement, there is the perfect opportunity for a fire to erupt. Cars can quickly become engulfed, often engulfing other vehicles involved in the accident. These fires can quickly become deadly and result in serious, life-altering injuries.
Online Athens reports that an accident that sparked a vehicle fire has claimed the lives of two teenage boys in North Carolina.
The crash involved three vehicles and occurred on March 13th at about 8:15 P.M. on U.S. Highway 221 in Union Mills, North Carolina.
All three vehicles were traveling north when the first vehicle slowed to make a turn into Bailey’s Market & Café. The van with the two teenage boys as passengers rear-ended the first vehicle. That vehicle spun into the parking lot.
A Dodge Ram 1500 truck then slammed into the rear of the van and both cars were quickly engulfed in flames.
The parents, who were in the driver and front passenger seat were able to escape the vehicle with minor injuries. One of the two sisters, both of whom were sitting in the middle seat, suffered from third-degree burns to her arm. The parents and other sister sustained injuries, but none were considered life-threatening.
The two brothers, who were from a set of triplets that included the sister, suffered from serious burns. One of the brothers died at the scene. The other died later at the hospital.
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