Cold temperatures, freezing rain, and snow led to dozens of car accidents in and around Central, North Carolina on Saturday. During the morning hours alone, the North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to 25 accidents in Wake County, with increased reports of accidents in Orange County, Durham County, and Nash County.

While a majority of the accidents only consisted of fender-benders and minor injuries, Nash County reported one fatal car accident in which a 16-yer-old girl lost control of her car on slick roads during a snowstorm. The Southern Nash High School student was not wearing a seat belt when her SUV ran into a ditch, hit a tree, and overturned. Two other teen girls in the car were wearing seat belts and escaped injury. The girls were from Elm City, North Carolina.

This first serious winter storm in North Carolina this season should remind drivers to be extremely cautious in rain, ice, and snow, said NC State Troopers in regards to the rash of vehicle accidents.
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