Driver killed in fiery crash when car collides with power pole in Brunswick County

(Source: Cliff Gardiner)
(Source: Cliff Gardiner)
Published: Jul. 27, 2019 at 6:12 PM EDT
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A woman died Friday evening after running off the road and hitting a power pole.

Trooper Justice with the North Carolina Highway Patrol says the crash happened Friday around 4:30 p.m. on NC 211 near the Palmetto Creek Subdivision.

Witnesses told the highway patrol the driver was headed east on NC 211 toward Southport when she ran off the road right and struck a power pole. Photos from the scene show the victim’s car engulfed in flames.

The driver died as a result of the crash. Highway patrol identified the victim as 77-year-old Ellen Louise O’Brien of Bolivia.

County deputies, fire crews and EMS also responded to the scene.

Investigators aren’t sure what caused the driver to run off the road.

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