Three people were injured Monday evening in a two-vehicle crash south of Gastonia, authorities say.
One of those hurt in the collision suffered serious injuries, according to investigators.
The collision was reported about 5 p.m. on Little Mountain Road, a few miles south of Gastonia. The force of the crash left one vehicle on its side and the other in a ditch, authorities said.
Two people were inside the car that rolled over, and one motorist was trapped, a spokesman for Crowders Mountain Fire and Rescue said. Rescue personnel cut a hole in the roof of the car and freed the motorist in about 10 minutes.
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The driver of the vehicle in the ditch also had to be freed by firefighters.
Authorities said one person was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia with life-threatening injuries. Two others were taken to the hospital with injuries described as not life-threatening.
The names of the victims were not released, and the cause of the crash is under investigation.