Two Teens Dead After Single-Vehicle Wreck Sunday In Balsam Grove


Last updated 6/19/2017 at 8:47pm

Two Transylvania County students have died after a one-vehicle accident Sunday evening in Balsam Grove.

Cole Robert Owen, 15, and Austin Lee Rhoden,15, both died after the 1994 Toyota Tacoma truck they were in overturned around 7:30 p.m. on Tanassee Gap Road, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

According to the Highway Patrol, Owen was in the passenger seat, while Rhoden was one of three in the truck’s bed. Owen was not wearing a seat belt.

The driver, Landon Cole Shipman, 19, was driving down the road, when at a right-hand curve, the vehicle crossed left of center, running off t...

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