Two killed in wrong-way Raleigh crash
Posted July 15, 2012
Updated July 16, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Two people were killed and another injured early Sunday in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 40 at Jones Sausage Road in Raleigh, police said.
Carolina Elizabeth Gonzalez Linares, 28, of Morrisville, was driving a 2009 Toyota sedan east on I-40 West around 2:30 a.m. when she collided head-on with a Ford truck in the left lane at 65 mph, according to a wreck report.
A 911 caller told an emergency dispatcher that one of the vehicles caught fire after the crash.
Linares and a passenger in the Ford truck, Job Misrael Hernandez, 17, of Raleigh, were killed.
The other driver, Natanael Bartolome Hernandez, 21, also of Raleigh, was taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in critical condition Sunday night.
A man who witnessed the wreck told WRAL News that Natanael Hernandez was passing him on the left when the crash happened. He said he hadn't noticed Linares' vehicle until then.
He said the force of impact made a loud bang and lifted both vehicles into the air.
The results of alcohol tests on Linares are pending, police said.
The westbound lanes of I-40 were closed in the area for more than four hours after the wreck.