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Alcohol suspected in Harnett Co. crash that killed 3, injured 2

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A car crashed off Neills Creek Road between Campbell University and Lillington about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. (Jonathan Carlson, WNCN) A car crashed off Neills Creek Road between Campbell University and Lillington about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. (Jonathan Carlson, WNCN)

Three young people were killed and two more were critically injured in a car crash early Sunday in Harnett County.

The State Highway Patrol says all five were riding in a car that crashed off Neills Creek Road between Campbell University and Lillington around 2:30 a.m.

The highway patrol says the vehicle struck a tree and burst into flames after impact. Four of the occupants were able to be removed from the burning vehicle; however the fifth passenger could not be removed immediately.

Autumn Ashlyn Zimmer and Marina Troyano, both 17 and of Fuquay-Varina, were transferred to WakeMed and are in critical condition.

The driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old Shane Mitchell Garner, of Coats, as well as 20-year-old Austin Stewart Ferrell, of Buies Creek, and 16-year-old Casey Dell Edens, of Lillington, died as a result of the crash.

Highway Patrol said the Lillington Police Department was conducting a license check on U.S. Highway 421 near Campbell University when Garner sped through the checkpoint without stopping. He crashed soon after.

Investigators suspect alcohol to be a factor in the crash.

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