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TWO TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY TEENAGERS KILLED IN SUNDAY NIGHT TRUCK WRECK

TWO TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY TEENAGERS KILLED IN SUNDAY NIGHT TRUCK WRECK TWO TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY TEENAGERS KILLED IN SUNDAY NIGHT TRUCK WRECK

On Monday morning the Highway Patrol confirmed a Transylvania County wreck Sunday night has claimed the lives of two teenagers.
They have been identified as Cole Owens and Austin Rhoden, both only 15 years old.

News 13 is reporting thatt Austin Rhoden was a rising Brevard High School 9th-grader who had just finished 8th grade at Brevard Middle, and Cole Owen was a rising 10th-grader who had just completed 9th grade at Rosman High.
The wreck happened along Tanasee Gap Road in Balsam Grove, and shut down the road in both directions near Sandy Branch Road until after midnight.

Troopers say the driver of a Toyota pickup was speeding when he entered a curve, lost control, overcorrected and overturned.
Five people were in the truck: two in the cab and three in the bed.

Cole Owens was the front passenger and was not wearing a seatbelt. Austin Rhoden was in the bed and was thrown out when the vehicle overturned.
Troopers told News 13 it was a single-vehicle accident that happened at about 8 p.m. Sunday.

This incident is still under investigation.

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