Wrong-Way Crash Kills One on Interstate 40 in Greensboro, North Carolina (NC)
GREENSBORO, NC- Wfmynews2.com writes that a crash occurred in Greensboro that killed one person this week. The incident involved a wrong-way driver who was operating a truck. The truck and a van that was traveling in the correct direction struck one another head-on.*
The truck driver, identified as a 59-year-old man, was close to Gate City Boulevard in the eastbound lanes of the interstate traveling westbound. The other driver, identified as a 42-year-old woman, was in a minivan with three juveniles. The individuals in the van all survived the crash, but with severe injuries. The driver’s husband posted an update on social media, stating that his wife and daughter both underwent surgery for their injuries. The woman sustained abdominal injuries requiring a procedure and has a surgery planned for her clavicle as well. The couple’s teenage daughter suffered injuries to her leg and had screws implanted into her ankle.
The other juveniles in the minivan were friends of the family. One of those teens was airlifted in critical condition but is now stable, according to updates. The husband and father of the victims is a pastor. He stated that while his family is fortunate, it will be at least six months until they recover from the serious injuries that they sustained. Following the impact with the wrong-way driver, a 2019 Audi rear-ended the minivan. The driver in the Audi fled the crash scene. The man operating the truck was thrown from the vehicle and died at the site of the crash. A reconstruction team is now working to understand what caused the deadly wreck.
Wrong-way crashes take place on divided interstates and highways. More than half of all wrong-way crashes are the result of drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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