Three dead after car crashes into creek in Lincolnton

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Highway Patrol responds to a fatal crash. (WSOC)

LINCOLNTON, NC (WSOC) – Three people are dead after a car drifted off the roadway due to rising waters and ended up in Rock Dam Creek in Lincolnton, officials say.

The crash happened late Saturday night along North Carolina 27.

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North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers said the car hydroplaned, went off the roadway, hit a tree, and landed on its side with all three people trapped inside. At the time, the water was about 6-feet deep.

Officials said there was an extensive rescue effort, but it was severely slowed by the heavy rain Saturday night. You can read more here.