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3 Die in Wrecks

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PITTSBORO — Two people died Friday night in a ChathamCounty head-on crash, and on Saturday a driver died in a one-car wreck inRaleigh.

The head-on crash occurred on U.S.1 near Old U.S.1 about 10 p.m. TheHighway Patrol says Michael R. Wellford, 51, of Warsaw, Va., crossed thecenter line and hit a car driven by Novell Royal, 74. Royal was fromSouthern Pines.

Emergency workers closed the road for more than an hour to clear thedebris. No other vehicles were involved.

Troopers say speed may have been a factor in the Raleigh crash. A vanheading down Lake Wheeler road veered off the pavement twice beforeslamming into a tree stump.

The driver died, and two passengers are in Wake Medical Center.

No identities have been released in the Raleigh accident.

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