"GREENSBORO, NC (Dec. 19, 2014) – A vehicle that unexpectedly lost power while travelling westbound on I-40 this morning caused two separate collisions that sent three people to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
The PT Cruiser was in the center of seven lanes of traffic approaching exit 211 a few minutes before 8 am when it became disabled. The operator was unable to get the stalled vehicle out of the roadway. Several vehicles following the PT Cruiser were able to avoid striking the burgundy car, but the driver of a Ford Fusion was unable to safely to circumvent the vehicle. The passenger’s side of the Fusion glanced off the driver’s side rear bumper of the Cruiser.
As the operator of the Cruiser was calling GM 911 to report the incident, a second vehicle, a Jeep, struck the Cruiser, flipped on its roof, slid across three lanes of traffic and righted itself facing eastbound in far left lane of westbound traffic.
The driver and occupant of the Jeep were transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver, and only occupant, of the PT Cruiser was transported to hospital after complaining of neck and back pain. The driver of the Fusion did not report any injuries.
No moving violations were issued to any of the drivers involved in the collisions.
The incident closed four westbound lanes of I-40 between the exit ramp for Galllimore Dairy Road and the overpass of Gallimore Dairy Road for approximately an hour and 15 minutes as crews from the Department of Transportation removed debris from the roadway."
- A Press Release