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Mother, two children killed in car wreck in Forsyth Co.

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A mother and two children were killed in a two-vehicle wreck in Forsyth County Sunday night.

The accident happened around 8:38 p.m. on U.S. 311 near Salem Chapel Road.

Troopers say a Dodge Neon crossed the center line and hit a Tundra pickup truck head-on.

The driver of the Dodge, Gina Carabalo, 41, of 803 Bowan Lake Drive, Kernersville, was killed, along with her daughter, Kayla Carabalo, 12.

Her daughter’s friend, Breanna Burrow, 11, of Walnut Cove, was also killed in the wreck.

“It’s just heartbreaking for us,” said Kerrie Combs, Carabalo’s neighbor.

Combs says the news of Gina and her daughter’s death was a hard hit to their small community in Kernersville.

“I was just shocked,” Combs said. “I had just seen them, and to hear that this happened was just — it just shocked us all. We were just so sad.”

Officials say the Dodge hit the truck and burst into flames. They were unable to tell if anyone was wearing seat belts.

John Stafford, 54, of Walnut Cove, and his wife, Cheryl Stafford, 52, were in the truck and were injured. Neither were wearing their seat belts.

Both were taken to Baptist Hospital. John is listed in good condition; Cheryl is in critical condition.

The cause of the accident is unknown. There was no indication of alcohol, drugs or cell phone distraction. Weather was not a factor.

“This is the first time we’ve had a wreck of this magnitude on that stretch of 311,” said Sgt. Paul Clark, of the North Carolina State Patrol.

“Our hearts go out to the family,” he said.

No charges will be filed.

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