Three people killed in head-on, chain-reaction wreck on I-95 near Lumberton
Posted December 22, 2019 5:44 p.m. EST
Updated December 22, 2019 6:49 p.m. EST
Lumberton, N.C. — Three people were killed during a head-on, chain-reaction crash Sunday afternoon on Interstate 95, prompting authorities to close the northbound lanes of the freeway near Lumberton while they investigated the wreck.
The crash occurred about 4 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-95 just south of Elrod at Exit 2, State Highway Patrol Trooper Robbie Perry said.
According to investigators, the driver of a southbound vehicle lost control and crossed the median between mile markers 4 and 5, slamming head-on into a northbound vehicle.
The driver and passenger in the southbound vehicle were both killed during the crash, authorities said.
The woman was ejected from the car and found lying in the road by first responders.
A passenger inside the northbound vehicle was killed, and the male driver was rushed for treatment to an area hospital. His condition was not immediately available.
Immediately after the crash between the two vehicles, they were struck by two other vehicles on the freeway.
Investigators said occupants in those vehicles were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Officials have not said publicly why the driver of the first vehicle lost control before it slammed into an oncoming vehicle.
Authorities have not yet identified any of the victims.