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Four killed after car crashes into empty home in Sanford

Posted January 12, 2013 9:11 a.m. EST
Updated January 12, 2013 11:01 p.m. EST

— Four people died early Saturday after a car crashed into an empty home southeast of Sanford and caught fire, state Highway Patrol officials said. 

According to investigators, two men and two women were in a 2006 Dodge Charger traveling at least 90 miles per hour on Swanns Station Road when it steered off the road, taking out a tree and eventually crashing into the vacant home.

Authorities said that the bodies were burnt so badly that it is unclear if the medical examiner will be able to perform a toxicology report.

Troopers responded to the home, which is in the 600 block of Swanns Station Road near the intersection with Dixie Farm Road, about 2:30 a.m.

Authorities have identified all four people killed in the wreck, but were withholding their names pending a medical examiner's report.

Family members told WRAL-TV late Saturday that two of the victims are Kathy and Aaron Powers. Aaron's mother said the couple was married for seven years and are survived by three children.

It is uncertain if anyone in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck.