The driver of a Ford Expedition was killed, and eight passengers in the SUV were hurt – one of them critically – when a car that a woman was driving the wrong way on northbound Interstate 85 smashed head-on into the Ford early Monday, police said.
The woman who was driving the Hyundai Sonata, Aretha Lynette Chavis, 49, of Durham, also was killed instantly, authorities said. She was alone in the car, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.
The SUV driver was Jerry Alamo, 29, of Central Falls, R.I., police said. One of his passengers, Glenda Alamo, 36, of Central Falls, R.I., was critically injured, police said.
Three children in the vehicle – ages 4, 10, and 11 – and adults ranging in age from 16 to 32, were taken to hospitals for treatment, Michael said.
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The wreck happened at 12:14 a.m. near the Club Boulevard interchange, Michael said. The northbound side of the interstate was closed for several hours while police accident investigators worked. They had been reopened by 6:30 a.m.