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2017-08-08 09:45

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Bridport - Police say four people killed in a Vermont car crash weren't wearing seatbelts but two people in a pickup truck they hit head on were wearing their seatbelts and managed to survive.

Investigators say they don't know why the car crossed the center line of a highway in Bridport on Monday afternoon (August 7) and slammed into the truck.

Controversial campaign: This horror SA ad will make you buckle-up

The four occupants of the car died. Authorities say among the dead are driver Steven Holmes, of Chatsworth, Georgia, and passengers Amber Brewer, of Dalton, Georgia, and Justin Hendrix, of Bryceville, Florida. They haven't released the identity of the fourth person.

The two people in the pickup truck have been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred on state Route 22A, which had to be closed for a few hours and reopened in the evening.

First Kiss safety campaign

Earlier in 2016, the Western Cape government made a shocking ad in a bid to make South Africans buckle up when driving. The controversial ad made such a huge impact that it is now being aired in the UK too.

Western Cape MEC, Donald Grant, said at the time: "Vehicle occupants (drivers and passengers) continue to constitute the majority of all road deaths in the Western Cape. Research has shown that increased seatbelt compliance will mean thousands of lives saved, that would have otherwise been lost, in the horrific crashes that plague our roads."

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