The North Carolina Highway Patrol says just one person suffered injuries in a ten-vehicle crash in Randolph County on Interstate 73. The accident happened around 6:19 a.m. on Monday, March 1, close to Vision Drive.
Law enforcement officials said 60-year-old Ronald Wheeler was driving a 2012 Peterbilt tractor-trailer and going north in the left lane when the crash occurred.
Wheeler was attempting to change lanes when he struck a 2005 Nissan car driven by a 27-year-old Biscoe resident.
The person driving the Nissan lost control of the vehicle and drove off the road, hitting a guardrail on the left.
A passenger in the Nissan had to be taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries.
Wheeler has been charged with executing an unsafe lane change.
Right after the crash happened, the driver of a 2001 Chevrolet SUV veered to the left to avoid the Nissan. Then, a 2019 Dodge pickup truck also veered to the left and struck the Chevrolet and a guardrail. The Dodge was driven by 22-year-old Lila Haga of Asheboro.
Haga is now facing a charge of failure to reduce speed in relation to the ten-vehicle crash in Randolph County.
Meanwhile, following the first crash, three vehicles had stopped in the travel lane and a fourth was in the process of stopping when a crash occurred behind them and resulted in a series of collisions.
According to troopers, a 2016 Nissan SUV driven by 30-year-old Brianna Arevalo, crashed into the back of a 2015 Dodge pickup driven by 52-year-old Scott Trotter. Both drivers were charged with failure to reduce speed.
After Arevalo and Trotter’s vehicles collided, the Dodge went on to strike a 2016 Chevrolet pickup which subsequently hit a 2012 Nissan passenger car. The latter then struck a 2017 Honda passenger car which in turn hit a 2018 Hyundai passenger vehicle.
If you were injured in a crash caused by a reckless driver, you may be able to recover your losses. A North Carolina car accident attorney can assist you.