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Police: Fatal wrong-way crash on I-85 involved 8 passengers

Posted March 20

— A crash that killed two people and injured others on Interstate 85 near East Club Boulevard in Durham Monday morning was caused by a wrong-way driver.

The incident happened at about 12:15 a.m., according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

According to officers with the Durham Police Department, Aretha Lynette Chavis, 49, of Durham, was driving a 2012 Hyundai Sonata in the wrong direction on I-85 north when she struck a 2017 Ford Expedition driven by Jerry Alamo, 29, of Rhode Island. Both Alamo and Chavis were killed in the crash.

Officials said there were eight passengers in Alamo's car. One passenger, Glenda Alamo, 36, suffered critical injuries. Three children (ages 4, 11 and 10) and four adults (ages 16, 21, 22 and 32) were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

There were no passengers in Chavis' vehicle, police said.

All the closed lanes had reopened at 5:15 a.m.

No other information about the wreck, including a possible cause, has been released.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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  • Kristin Byrne Mar 20, 2017
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    ABC11 has released the name, which was confirmed by family. Article came out a couple hours ago.

  • David Levenson Mar 20, 2017
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    Kristin, I correct you with all due respect. The Durham Herald is not releasing wrong way drivers name, Spectrum/TWC is not releasing the name. N & O not reporting the event at all. Who are you referring to that has this name?

  • Jim Dunn Mar 20, 2017
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    This has to be a case of no seat belts. No way you're going to have a head-on between an Expedition and a Sonata where the larger vehicle loses.

    Let this be a lesson to all that seat belts save lives. No reason not to use them,

  • Kristin Byrne Mar 20, 2017
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    Other news sites have given her name.

  • Tim Blanchard Mar 20, 2017
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    Wonder why they are not releasing the wrong way drivers name?