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.
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.