Three Charlotte residents were killed Friday night in a three-car collision on Interstate 77 in York County, according to the state Highway Patrol.
The victims have been identified as Tei Paw, 40; Khai Hne, 33; and Khai Tlo, 33. All were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the York County coroner's office.
Four other people injured in the crash were transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
The accident happened just after 11 p.m. in the northbound lane of I-77 near the 90 mile marker. A Bluebird bus traveling in the outside lane began to merge onto the emergency lane, according to the Highway Patrol. A 2008 Honda Pilot that was behind the Bluebird bus in the outside line attempted merge left into a middle lane when it sideswiped a 2008 Honda Accord.
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The Honda Pilot's driver lost control of the vehicle and ran into the back of the bus. The three people killed were all inside the Pilot.
The bus driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured. The drivers of the Honda Accord and the Honda Pilot were taken to a hospital in Charlotte. Both were wearing seat belts. Two other passengers in the Pilot also were taken to the hospital.
One of those killed was wearing a seatbelt but the other two were not, according to the Highway Patrol.