GASTONIA — The state Highway Patrol says an explosion in a car killed a Gaston County school teacher on her way to work.
The Gaston Gazette reports that troopers said there was an explosion inside the car driven by 26-year-old Christina Whelan about 7 a.m. Tuesday. They said the car accelerated and hit a tree along Interstate 85 southbound at Exit 23.
Troopers planned to retrieve the black box from the car to gather more information.
Whelan was on her way to Carr Elementary School in Dallas, where she was in her first year teaching second-graders. Her birthday was in two days.