Five people were killed in a series of crashes that took place on Interstate 485 in North Carolina on Friday night.
Four of the victims were members of a Belmont family. They were identified as Matthew and Andrea Obester and their minor children Violet and Elizabeth.
Law enforcement officials said the chain of collisions began with a driver who was going at over 100 miles per hour.
At around 7:50 p.m., the individual hit a box truck that was traveling along the I-485 Outer Loop close to the W.T. Harris Boulevard exit in north Charlotte.
Trooper Ray Pierce said the speeding driver was attempting to overtake the truck when the accident occurred.
The driver of the box truck lost control of his vehicle, swerved off the left shoulder into the median, and went through the cable barriers before driving into oncoming traffic on the Inner Loop.
The box truck struck an SUV in which the Obester family was traveling and then hit a car.
All four members of the family died at the scene along with one person who was in the car. Another occupant of the car suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.
The box truck driver was sustained several broken ribs, a broken arm, and a broken wrist.
Meanwhile, the driver who set off the chain of events suffered a broken neck. He was said to be in stable condition at Charlotte’s Carolinas Medical Center on Saturday.
He is facing charges of speeding and other offenses.
A State Highway Patrol trooper also suffered critical injuries when he returned to the scene on Saturday morning to close the highway again.
The aim was to carry out additional investigations and use a drone to take photos of the scene.
However, a car reportedly hit the officer’s car and then the officer. That crash is also under investigation. If you’re involved in a wreck, contact our Charlotte car accident attorneys today