CLIFFSIDE — A woman continues to cling to life after a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon. Another woman was ejected from the bed of a truck.

A 49-year-old woman from Shelby was airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after she crossed the centerline and slammed into an oncoming pickup truck. Another 56-year-old woman was airlifted to the hospital after she was thrown from the the other truck. Both are in critical condition, according to trooper J.R. Carver of the N.C Highway Patrol.

Carver declined to release the names of the victims at this time.

The Shelby woman was driving southbound on U.S. Highway 221-A in a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck when she crossed the centerline and hit a northbound 2016 Dodge Ram head-on. She was pinned in the wreckage, Carver said.

There were six passengers in the Dodge Ram, including two riding in the bed of the truck. Other than the two victims airlifted, all of the other victims were taken to the hospital by EMS, Carver added.

All of those in the Dodge Ram live in Ellenboro.

The 2:30 p.m. crash occurred near the Cliffside Volunteer Fire Department.

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