Three people were killed on Tuesday morning when a crash occurred on Interstate 87, popularly called the Knightdale Bypass.
Two of the victims have been identified as 19-year-old Tre’shon Pope and 26-year-old Yameer Greene.
North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper S.D. Parrish said a Honda Accord was traveling south on the Interstate at a high rate of speed. It crossed the median and hit a Dodge Dart head-on before it burst into flames.
Pope, a resident of Washington, NC, was driving the Accord while Greene was driving the Dart. Green lived in Knightdale. The third victim whose name has not been released was a passenger in the Accord.
Eyewitness Charles Woodard said he saw a car traveling in the direction of Raleigh at around 100 miles per hour. He said the driver was weaving in and out of traffic before the vehicle went across the median.
There were said to be multiple witnesses to the accident as well as video footage.
Investigations into the fiery crash resulted in the closure of all the northbound lanes. Some of the southbound lanes were also closed to regular traffic so emergency vehicles could reach the scene.
This caused a major backup of traffic and officers allowed some of the drivers to make a U-turn onto I-87 South and escape the gridlock.
The scene was cleared after about four hours.
In 2018, there were 1,321 fatal crashes in North Carolina resulting in 1,437 deaths. Thirty-nine percent of the victims were occupants of cars while 29 percent were in SUVs or pickups.
If you lost a loved one in a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation. A North Carolina car accident lawyer can provide you with advice and representation.