At least three deaths so far from winter storm

RALEIGH, NC (WITN/AP) - State officials say there have been at least three storm-related deaths in the state.

The winter storm dumped more than a foot and a half of snow in some sections of western North Carolina. Here in Eastern Carolina, Farmville received four inches on Sunday.

The latest death happened when truck driver died while working to free his rig that got stuck on an interstate.

Yadkin County Emergency Services Director Keith Vestal says the driver had gotten stuck along Interstate 77 during the height of the storm Sunday and was shoveling out. Vestal said that shortly after shoveling, the man experienced chest pains and was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. Vestal said the death appears to be due to a heart attack and he considers it a storm-related death.

The other two deaths happened when a man was killed in Matthews after a tree fell on his vehicle, while in Haywood County a woman on hospice care died in her home after a power outage knocked out her oxygen.

A state of emergency remains in effect for the entire state, while 172 National Guard troops have been deployed.

Some 76 school districts are closed on Monday, with another 10 operating on delayed schedules, according to Gov. Roy Cooper.

Across the state, an estimated 144,000 homes remain without power due to the storm, while 2,300 DOT workers are out treating highways.

The Highway Patrol says so far they have investigated 672 accidents and have responded to more than1,500 calls for service since the storm began.