A multi-vehicle crash in Fayetteville, N.C. has left three victims hospitalized and several other injured.
According to details released by law enforcement, the accident occurred at approximately 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, on Ramsey Street near the VA hospital. There were seven vehicles involved in the crash. Many of those vehicles sustained substantial damage, with one of them left overturned. A portion of the heavily-traveled road – which has five lanes and a center lane - was shut down for hours as emergency responders worked to free victims trapped in vehicles and police investigated what caused the crash.
Crossing the Center Lane
Although police have not yet released the cause of the multi-vehicle crash, they have shared some details with the public. Witnesses reported to police that a Gray Creek man was driving a 2007 Toyota Camry southbound, left of the center line. The Toyota struck a 2009 Dodge Ram pickup which was traveling northbound.
The impact caused the Dodge to rollover on the driver’s side of the vehicle, in the middle of the road. Two other vehicles, a 2001 Cadillac and 2007 Toyota Tundra, were also involved in the crash at this point and both vehicles front-ends were crushed.
The drivers of the Toyota Camry, Dodge Ram, and Cadillac were all rushed to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where they remain. The Toyota’s driver was originally listed in critical condition but has since upgraded to good. Fayetteville Police have charged him with driving left of the centerline. The other two victims’ conditions are also listed as good.
The initial crash and the severe vehicle damage that resulted left all kinds of debris, including vehicle parts and fluids, all over the road. This mess caused a second crash, involving three other vehicles. Fortunately, there have been no injuries reported in the second crash.
Although police are still investigating the chain-reaction accident, because they have charged one of the driver’s with crossing the center lane, it may likely be determined as the cause of the multi-vehicle crash.
One of the most common – and dangerous – reasons why a driver crosses over the center line and into oncoming traffic is they are engaging in a distracted driving behavior.
Multiple studies have been done that prove that when a driver looks away from the road even for a few seconds, the results can be deadly. Other studies show that even if a driver is using a hands-free device, attempting to multitask while driving, such as talking on a cell phone, overloads the brain and is as dangerous as drunk driving.
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