3 airlifted after car hits tree in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Three people were airlifted Monday morning after their car lost control and raced down an embankment in Burlington City Park, eventually hitting a tree.

The vehicle was traveling on US-70 when it lost control, crossed over the eastbound lane and raced down an embankment into the park near the train, police say.

Three people had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. The victims suffered multiple non-life-threatening injuries.

In addition, around 40 feet of train tracks were damaged in the crash, according to Burlington Parks and Recreation Manager Chris Wright. Officials are assessing the damage to get an estimate on how much it would cost to fix.

Wright says it was the first time the tracks were hit by a car in at least 20 years.

The track is bent in several places, the rails are loose and a portion of the retaining wall was knocked over.

There is no timetable for repairs.

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