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A woman has died after her vehicle caught fire with her in it.

Last Friday, Jane Yarrington, 68, drove her silver Mini Cooper off the road on a switchback on Falcon Ridge Drive in the Plott Creek area.

While the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office was the first to respond, the North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the fire, which also caught some of the nearby forest on fire. Trooper Jonathan Shelton said he was called to the scene at 10:53 a.m.

“She went off the road and collided with a tree,” he said.

Yarrington was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigation, although Shelton did say speed was not a factor.

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