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Raleigh woman killed in Guilford wreck

Posted December 27, 2011

— A Raleigh woman died Tuesday morning in a wreck on southbound Interstate 85 in Guilford County, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

The crash happened around 10:23 a.m. near the Groometown Road exit.

Emerald Padilla, 24, lost control of her 2006 Infiniti on the rain-slicked highway, and the car ran off the side of the road, hit an overhead sign post and burst into flames, authorities said.

Drivers who witnessed the wreck stopped to try and get Padilla out of the car, but troopers said the flames were too intense.

Guilford County firefighters and paramedics also were unsuccessful in attempts to save her, authorities said.


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  • SueInNC Dec 28, 2011

    Awful way to pass. Sad for her and for her family.

  • bjm011366 Dec 28, 2011

    very sad indeed. prayers for her family.

  • not my real name Dec 28, 2011

    wow, most cars dont burst into flames from hitting a sign post. What a tragedy. Sympathy and prayers for her family.

  • csw Dec 28, 2011

    So sad. My heart goes out to the family.