One dead after accident in Brunswick County

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A teenager died Tuesday in an accident on Sunset Harbor Road around 5 p.m. Tuesday in what Highway Troopers call "one of the most horrific impacts" they have every seen.

Trooper J. King says 18-year-old Conrad Daniel Orth, Jr. was driving North on NC 211 when he tried to pass the car in front of him.

According to witnesses, Orth sped up to around 65 miles per hour, but he did not leave enough room to get back over into his lane and crashed head-on into an SUV.  One eyewitness said the collision "was like a bomb went off."

Orth died at the scene.

The young woman he crashed into is 16-year-old Kendra Horne. She was driving at about 55 miles per hour and the force of the collision pinned her inside her car.  Emergency workers spent 45 minutes cutting Horne out of her SUV.

She was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where officials there say she is in stable condition.

Horne is from Oak Island and is just 16 years old.  Neither teen had any passengers at the time of the crash.  Both of them were wearing seatbelts.

Highway 211 was closed for almost an hour and a half as crews cleaned up the accident scene.  Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office diverted traffic around the crash to Midway Road.

Troopers say both speed and being left of center contributed to the crash.  They do not believe alcohol was a factor.  No charges are being filed because of Orth's death.

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