Double fatal crash closes I-40W near Clayton

Posted November 17, 2011
Updated November 18, 2011

— A double fatal crash involving multiple vehicles closed Interstate 40 West between mile markers 311 and 312 near Clayton, just west of N.C. Highway 42, Thursday night.

The names of those who died have not been released. The crash happened around 10 p.m. after a Mitsubishi, carrying three people, including a baby, crossed the median from the eastbound to the westbound lanes and hit a BMW SUV and a Lexus, according to troopers.

The driver and front-seat passenger in the Mitsubishi died. Emergency responders found the baby crying and took the child to a nearby hospital. The baby's name and condition were not released.

The drivers of the BMW and Lexus were also taken to the hospital. Their names and conditions are unknown.

Troopers closed all lanes of I-40 for about five hours Thursday night, reopening the highway to traffic in both directions around 3:30 a.m. 

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  • jen6 Nov 24, 2011

    I can't get this poor little girl out of my head. I have a 2 year old daughter too and can not imagine this happening to her. I wish they would update. I wish there was something we could do but for now....prayers. I am thinking of this little one today on a special family day....God bless and peace.

  • raleighlynn Nov 18, 2011

    Thank you michellegibson28412. People are so quick to jump to conclusions, aren't they? It especially hurts when you know the family. God bless the little one, and prayers for all involved.

  • michellegibson28412 Nov 18, 2011

    Heres what DID happen, they were coming home from work, not drinking, sleeping,etc. I bet you didnt know that she was pregnant, and they were an honest, hard working couple who loved their daughter very much? The a tire blew out, they think it was over corrected. The main concern is the poor child who lost her parents last night, not why she lost them. She is doing better, they have her on medicine and oxygen tubes. they lived very close to the site, they,were not traveling, simply trying to make their way home.

  • michellegibson28412 Nov 18, 2011

    Too true, use caution, these were very respinsible people. Consider that family may be reading this, you are obviously 'too stupid' to be so quick to judge someone you know nothing of. Keep rash commentary to yourself.

  • pulstar40 Nov 18, 2011

    How sad - my heart goes out to the family and friends of those who passed. I hope the baby is okay and has family to take her in. I also hope for a speedy recovery to the other drivers involved. I agree too that it could have been deer. They are all over the place right now.

  • michellegibson28412 Nov 18, 2011

    Baby girl, I pray for you. I ask God to surround you with his love and healing, to just bring you back home safe.

  • passport423 Nov 18, 2011

    jewyatt, you could be right about the deer. I've seen several dead and live deer in that area (both East and West) over the past week. Hope I react correctly if one runs out in front of me.

    Such a sad event, no matter what caused it. My heart goes out to the family of the people lost. I am sure they are devastated.

  • the3rdAlen Nov 18, 2011

    "I'm glad wral mentioned all those firefighters out there and the paramedics. I'm sure the troopers did their part. Take pictures, ask questions, draw the equivalent of a 1st grade layout of the situation. Firefighters bring the lights,Firefighters open the cars, Firefighters assist, Medics save the lives, Medics care for the ones that passed. Troopers write tickets. Thank you to the first responders." - strange216

    'Cause that is what this story is about? Giving credit? How about we start with having some sympathy for those who lost their life? How about we have some compassion for the baby? Just SHUT UP and stop complaining about things that have no place in this story.

  • jewyatt Nov 18, 2011

    I would bet a deer.... Just hit a deer last week same area, right past 312, totalled my car. Snapped about 8 of those poles,spun under one cable, and by the grace of God the other cable caught my car, and I was not injured. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved.

  • amberfkirk Nov 18, 2011

    Agreed w/ Freewill --well said! I feel terrible for the child and the family of the two lifes that are lost. Its such a tragedy.