Three people, including a 6-year-old girl, died early Sunday morning after the car they were traveling in crashed head-on into a Jeep Wrangler traveling the wrong direction on Interstate 85 in Orange County.
Emergency workers rushed a second child who was in the car to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill with serious injuries, Lt. Jeff Gordon, a spokesman with the N.C. State Highway patrol, reported.
The driver, Felicia Harris, 49, of Charlotte, died in the crash. The 6-year-old, Janiece Smith, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was also killed, along with a passenger in the front seat of the Suzuki, Gordon reported. Troopers did not make the name of the front-seat passenger public Sunday evening pending notification of next of kin, Gordon reported.
The two-vehicle accident happened around 3 a.m. on I-85 and the Interstate 40 split, near Hillsborough, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
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Investigating troopers say that the Wrangler, operated by Chandler Michael Kania, 20, of Asheboro, was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the interstate when it collided head-on into the Suzuki.
Emergency workers transported Kania to UNC hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Gordon reported.
Charges had not been made public Sunday afternoon, but investigators think alcohol was a factor in the crash.
State troopers will complete their investigation and meet with the Orange County District Attorney’s office to discuss charges, Gordon reported.