Two killed, one critical after car plunges off overpass in Lexington

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Troopers said the car somehow scuffed the Highway 52 bridge, seen at left, and then careened at least 40 feet to Old Highway 64 below. (David Weatherly/WGHP)

LEXINGTON, N.C. — Two people were killed and one person seriously injured Friday after a car plunged nearly 50 feet off a Highway 52 overpass in Lexington.

Thea-Simone McDuffy, 19, and Shavalos Jameson, 21, both of Charlotte, were killed in the wreck around 1:15 p.m. at the bridge over Old Highway 64.

Tre-von Rutherford, 16, of Charlotte, is listed in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and troopers said his injuries are considered life-threatening.

Troopers said a car headed south on Hwy. 52 somehow got into the median near the overpass, got airborne, hit the side of the bridge and landed on the embankment on the other side of Old Highway 64.

McDuffy was driving the vehicle, while Jamison was in the front seat. Rutherford was sitting in the back seat, troopers said.

Troopers said Friday night they still don’t know how the wreck happened, though they have ruled out alcohol and drugs as factors.

WSOC-TV, citing a neighbor, reported the car belonged to Jameson. The neighbor said Jameson was working on his car Friday afternoon shortly before leaving for Winston-Salem.

The neighbor said Jameson had mentioned having problems with the tie rod, which helps the car’s wheels steer in the right direction.

Old Highway 64 was closed in both directions for several hours as the investigation and cleanup continued.