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Woman fleeing Irene killed in Nash wreck

Posted August 26, 2011 1:47 p.m. EDT

— A Manteo woman evacuating from the coast ahead of Hurricane Irene died late Thursday when her SUV flipped in Nash County, authorities said.

Bertha Marcial Gonzalez, 33, was westbound on U.S. Highway 64 when her 1999 Ford Explorer hit a wooden pallet on the highway just east of N.C. Highway 231 at about 11:20 p.m., authorities said. She lost control of the vehicle, which rolled several times before coming to a stop.

One passenger was thrown from the SUV, authorities said. That person was airlifted to WakeMed in Raleigh, but his or her condition was unknown.

Three other passengers also were taken to WakeMed for treatment, but their conditions were unknown.