Wrong-way crash in Durham kills driver, injures two others – Raleigh News & Observer

Wrong-way crash in Durham kills driver, injures two others - Raleigh News & Observer
1 killed, 2 injured after wrong-way crash in Durham
Police say it appears the Ford Edge has been going the wrong way on South Miami for a significant distance before it hit a Nissan Altima. The driver of the Altima and a passenger in the Edge were hospitalized with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, according to police.

Police have not released the names of anyone involved in the crash, which took place shortly before 2:30 a.m. near East Cornwallis Road.

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Police said they didnt know if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash but that their investigation was not complete.

Police say the fatal crash occurred early Sunday. The driver of a Ford Edge SUV was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after slamming into the front end of a Nissan Altima.

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A police statement says an initial investigation suggests that the Ford was traveling in the wrong direction “for a significant distance leading up to the crash.”

Durham, N.C. — One person died and several others were hospitalized Sunday morning after a head-on crash near the intersection of E. Cornwallis Road and Miami Boulevard.

The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. According to Durham officials, a Ford Edge was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Miami Boulevard when it struck a Nissan Altima head-on.

It was not immediately known if the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An investigation is ongoing.

The driver of the Ford Edge was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time later. The passenger was transported to Duke with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials said the driver of the Nissan Altima was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the Ford Edge was likely traveling the wrong way on S. Miami Boulevard for a “significant distance” before the crash. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved.


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