One critically injured in I-540 wreck
Posted July 2, 2014
Durham, N.C. — One person was critically injured Wednesday afternoon after a three-vehicle collision on Interstate 540 North near the Interstate 40 interchange.
The accident happened at about 5:20 p.m. after a BMW driven by Nelson Figueroa, 40, of Raleigh, stopped with its flashers on while in a travel lane. Other vehicles were slowing down when a Honda, driven by Brendan Dowd, 23, of Carrboro, swerved to avoid the stopped vehicles and hit the BMW, police said.
The impact caused the Honda to veer into another travel lane and into the path of a Ford F150 driven by Jason Hughes, 38, of Raleigh, police said. The front of the Ford F150 struck the driver's side door of the Honda.
Dowd, the driver of the Honda, was extricated from his vehicle and hospitalized with critical injuries, police said. The other drivers and two passengers in the Ford F150, a 3-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy, did not appear to suffer serious injuries, police said.
The Honda was a total loss, police said. The BMW sustained rear damage and the Ford F150 and boat trailer it pulled were also damaged.
No charges were filed Wednesday night but the accident remains under investigation.