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2 drivers killed in head-on Youngsville crash

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YOUNGSVILLE — A 21-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man both died the day after Christmas when their cars crashed head-on on N.C. Highway 96 near Youngsville, authorities said.

The crash happened just before 8 p.m. near John Mitchell Road, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Alexandra Cunningham of Wake Forest, the 21-year-old, was driving a white Volkswagen car west on the highway, Trooper J.T. Southerland said. Her car crossed the center line and crashed into an eastbound white Honda Pilot driven by William Duncan of Youngsville, Southerland said.

Both Cunningham and Duncan died as a result of the crash.

Three passengers also sustained serious injuries. Southerland said those passengers were two 18-year-old women in Cunningham's car — including a back-seat passenger not wearing a seat belt — and a 65-year-old woman in Duncan's car. All were taken to WakeMed Hospital for treatment.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, Southerland said.

"We're trying to pinpoint the cause," Southerland said. "We're not ruling out anything right now."