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3 Die in Wrecks

Posted April 6, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Two people died Friday night in a Chatham County head-on crash, and on Saturday a driver died in a one-car wreck in Raleigh.

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

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

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

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

No identities have been released in the Raleigh accident.