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Victims from Wednesday's fatal wreck identified as North Carolina residents
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The two people who died in a wreck Wednesday morning on Interstate 85 were from Lincolnton, N.C., the Georgia State Patrol said in an email release Friday afternoon.

Tonya L. Curtis, 42, the driver, and Kyle W. Garver, 20, both from Lincolnton, were killed in the accident. Garver was a passenger on the left side in the back seat.

Garver was ejected from the vehicle. He was the only person in the SUV not wearing a seat belt.

The State Patrol had reported Wednesday afternoon that only the driver had been wearing a seat belt. Friday’s release corrected that information.

The other two people in the car, Jerry C. Curtis, 44, of Lincolnton, and Evelyn M. Smith, 19, of Cherryville, N.C., were injured in the wreck and taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Curtis was in the passenger seat in the front of the car, and Smith was in the passenger seat on the back right side.

The wreck happened about 9:40 a.m., in the southbound lane of I-85.

According to the State Patrol, the 2004 Ford Excursion veered off the road at the intersection of I-85 and U.S. 129. The driver overcorrected, the vehicle overturned and struck a tree, the State Patrol reported.

Jefferson Fire/Rescue and the Jackson County EMS responded to the accident about 9:41 a.m., Steve Nichols, director of Jackson County Emergency Services, said in a news release.

One person was trapped under the vehicle, Nichols’ report said.

Traffic was backed up, and Nichols said both lanes of traffic were blocked for about 45 minutes.

The report of the accident remains incomplete, the State Patrol said Friday.

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