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Pregnant woman, baby die in Gaston crash

Four people – two N.C. Highway Patrol troopers, a nurse and an off-duty volunteer firefighter – tried unsuccessfully to save the life of a pregnant woman injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Gaston County, authorities said.

Her baby was later delivered through a cesarean section at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. But the baby died Tuesday night, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.

Rebecca Hodge Williams, 24, of Kings Mountain, was headed south on N.C. 216 shortly before 8 a.m. when she ran off the road on the right, overcorrected and went left of center sideways, according to Sgt. D. Litaker with the N.C. Highway Patrol.

He said a northbound SUV hit Williams’ car on the passenger side.

Trooper Casey Cornwell was investigating a minor wreck nearby and responded to the collision on N.C. 216, Litaker said. Highway Patrol trooper Brian Theis of Cleveland County, who was in the area, also arrived on the scene.

Amanda Broome, a nurse at Cleveland Regional Medical Center, and a volunteer firefighter whose name wasn’t available, also stopped at the crash, authorities said.

Litaker said they all took turns performing CPR.

“There was no hesitation,” he said. “They all worked together. … All were trained, and all did the job. It was a miracle all four were in that area.”

The baby – named Riley Andrew Williams – was flown to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte and was placed on life support, authorities said.

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