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Four injured in I-85 crash

Posted April 16, 2009

— Four people were hospitalized Thursday after an early-morning wreck that closed Interstate 85 south in Durham County for about two hours.

Authorities said Farooq Mirza, of New Jersey, lost control of his car just after 5 a.m. It hit the guardrail and stalled in the left lane.

As Mirza tried to get his wife, Taskeen Fatima, and 1-year-old daughter out of the car, a second vehicle, driven by Ronald Brown, of Pennsylvania, hit their car.

Troopers said Brown could not see Mirza's Toyota Camry in the dark and that no charges will be filed.

Mirza, his wife, his daughter and Brown and his passenger, a young girl, were being treated for their injuries Thursday afternoon at Duke University Hospital. None of their injuries were believed to be life-threatening, troopers said.

Lanes were closed on I-85 from Red Mill Road to Glenn School Road while emergency personnel and police cleared the scene. They re-opened just after 7:30 a.m.


Wreck blocks I-85 in Durham County Wreck blocks I-85 in Durham County


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  • PraiseHim Apr 17, 2009

    I was stuck in the traffic for about 10 minutes about 6:20. I saw the cars. It is a miracle that anyone survived or weren't critically injured, especially the car that looked like it was T-boned. So glad everyone is okay.

  • newfamily2001 Apr 16, 2009


    Maybe you should stop taking things out of context....I was just stating that I evedently misread the story due to being waken up so early...Didn't say anything about the Sirens being a bad thing. That would be like having a fire alarm with a quiet button....

  • QT3.14 Apr 16, 2009

    Those photos are very, very scary. I hope everyone survived.

  • sssh.. whisper Apr 16, 2009

    newfamily2001- maybe you should stop freaking out about the LOUD sirens... the sirens are used for a reason!!

    I heard on the news that there was luggage, clothes, and chilrens toys all over the road.. I hope everyone is alrgight.

    Scary though, I have a Toyota Camry...

  • newfamily2001 Apr 16, 2009

    SORRY!!! My bad... Got waken up at 5am this morning by LOUD A88 Sirens.

  • guraqt960 Apr 16, 2009

    Ummm...read the story. They said that all lanes were reopened at @ 7:30am. I was stuck in that traffic...I know.

  • sdg1969 Apr 16, 2009

    It says they reopened the lanes at 7:30am (after clearing the wreck)....DUHHH.

  • newfamily2001 Apr 16, 2009

    Get it right WRAL...7:30am ummmm....No lets try more like 5:15 AM as the fire trucks, EMS, and Po-Po sirens were my alarm clock this morning.....