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Three killed in Surry traffic accidents

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Two separate accidents in Surry County claim the lives of three people in one weekend.

By Larry Chambers, Publisher

Three people died in two separate traffic accidents that occurred in Surry County, N.C., on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

In the Friday night accident, the N.C. Highway Patrol reported that a husband and wife were killed when their vehicle was involved in a head-on crash on Zephyr Road.

According to reports, Elder George Samuel Flippen, 73, of Elkin, N.C., was driving a Ford Taurus when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck a large pickup truck pulling a trailer. A third vehicle behind the Flippen vehicle was also involved in the accident but no one was seriously injured. The driver of the pickup was taken to Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

George Flippen was an Elder at new Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Hillsville for more than 45 years.

Funeral services for Jonsie Church Flippen, 78, who reportedly died at Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., were held last Wednesday in Sparta. Her two daughters and son live in Alleghany County, N.C.

The second accident occurred at 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 1 near the intersection of N.C. 89 and Lumber Plant Road at the old Lowgap Elementary School in Lowgap.

The N.C. Highway Patrol said a vehicle driven by Dave Carl Call II, 49, of Poplar Knob Road in Galax, was traveling west on Route 89 when he lost control of the vehicle and overturned in the school’s parking lot. He was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.