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Victim Identified: Fatal Burnsville Wreck

Updated: Thursday, February 14 2013, 09:06 PM EST

One person is killed after after a county van carrying children crashes and bursts into flames on US-19 East between Burnsville and Spruce Pine.


Highway Patrol says it happened when the van ran off the road and slammed into a guard rail. The rail punctured the gas tank and caused the vehicle to erupt into flames, and tip sideways down the embankment. Investigators say in a matter of seconds the vehicle was engulfed.


48-year-old Billy Grindstaff was trapped inside the van and pronounced dead on the scene. The four other occupants, the driver and three kindergarten-aged children, were able to get out.


The Highway Patrol says the accident is under investigation while they determine what made the vehicle veer off the road.


By Ashlea Surles
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Victim Identified: Fatal Burnsville Wreck


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