Motorist Charged with Reckless Driving Following Crash on Durham Freeway

Concept photo: Six were hospitalized after a crash on Durham Freeway

A major crash on Durham Freeway sent six people to the hospital on Wednesday morning, October 6. According to emergency officials, the accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. on southbound N.C. Highway 147 at Exit 13.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation and Durham police said the accident forced the closure of one lane of the Durham Freeway and the exit ramp onto West Chapel Hill Street.

A NCDOT traffic camera showed that a white vehicle came to rest on its side on the grass between the highway and the exit ramp.

Debris was seen scattered around the vehicle and poles were positioned to prevent the vehicle from flipping over.

According to police, 40-year-old George Powell was driving a 2002 Chevrolet which left the road and flipped multiple times. No information was provided about what exactly caused the vehicle to leave the highway.

However, Powell was subsequently charged with careless and reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, failing to secure a passenger under the age of 16, and child abuse.

Police said some of the passengers in the vehicle were unrestrained minors. One of them sustained serious injuries that were not deemed to be life-threatening.

The emergency response team included at least four Durham fire trucks, several Durham police officers, and multiple EMS ambulances.

NCDOT said the road was reopened shortly before 10 a.m.

Officials will continue to investigate the crash on Durham Freeway. Anyone who has information is urged to get in touch with Investigator Munter with the Traffic and Crash Team.

Meanwhile, if you suffered injuries in a crash caused by someone else’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to find out if you have grounds for filing a case.


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