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Two children killed in I-85 crash in Mebane

Posted February 10, 2010 2:57 p.m. EST

— Two children died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 85/40 near Mebane Oaks Road Tuesday morning, according to the state Highway Patrol.

A Honda Civic was westbound on the highway when it either stopped or stalled in the second lane from the left-hand shoulder, the Highway Patrol said. A Ford Explorer then rear-ended the Civic.

Two of the people in the Civic – sisters Mequea L. Spears, 9, Aiysha N. Spears, 5, both of Bennettsville, S.C. – were killed. The girls' mother, Andrea L. Purvis, was driving the car. She was taken to a local hospital.

An 8-year-old child, who was in the front passenger seat of the Civic, and John R. Dieter, of Dunn, who was driving the Explorer, were also taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Their conditions were unknown Wednesday afternoon.

No charges are expected to be filed, according to the state Highway Patrol.