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Girl dies in weekend crash

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM

A North Carolina girl was killed in a fiery crash late Saturday night on Interstate 40 in Wilson County.

According to Trooper Tracy White’s report, the incident happened at 10:45 p.m. at mile marker 246 east of Lebanon.

White said 15-year-old Alexis S. Phillips, of Hudson, N.C., was driving westbound on I-40 in a 2008 Nissan Altima when the car spun out of control, crossed the median and collided with a 2005 Jeep Laredo driven by Aaron W. Nicholson, 23, of Pleasant View, who was traveling eastbound.

According to White, Nicholson’s Jeep left the right side of the interstate, ran into a ditch and caught on fire. Phillips’ car was separated behind the rear passenger door. The front end of the car came to rest in the right eastbound lane, and the rear half of the vehicle ended up on the left side of the eastbound lanes.

White said Phillips was wearing a seat belt. He said neither Nicholson nor Katie Worley, 21, a passenger in the Jeep, were injured. 

I-40 eastbound lanes were shut down for about three hours while emergency crews cleared the wreck. 

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