Three people are confirmed to have died in a crash on US-221 north of Marion in McDowell County, Wednesday afternoon.
According to NC State Highway Patrol, a pickup truck heading south on Highway 221 and a van driving north collided head-on just north of Baxter Healthcare.
The driver of the truck and a passenger were killed, as was the driver of the van.
Investigators are working to determine the identity of those killed in the crash due to the severity of the fire that broke out following the crash.
The highway was closed for several hours Wednesday evening due to the wreck and reopened around 7:30pm.