1. An accident took place early morning today.
  2. An accident took place early this morning.

Which one is the best option out of the two and why? I believe both are correct but I do not have grammatical reasons behind that.

My book says this morning is correct.

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    both are okay. It's just a matter of style. Search "early this morning' and 'early morning today' on the news sites. – Maulik V Oct 17 '15 at 5:12
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    Side note: If something takes place it sounds scheduled or organized to me. Which accidents by definition aren't. I would expect the acident to happen. – Stephie Oct 17 '15 at 6:20

Early this morning seems more common.

Google NGram gives these figues:

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Google search hit also gives more result on "early this morning."

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