Two dead after wrong-way crash involving tractor-trailer on Hwy 49

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Two people are dead and a child is hospitalized after a wreck involving a tractor-trailer that sent multiple vehicles off the road on N.C. 49 South in Randolph County.

The wreck happened at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Dunbar Bridge Road around 5 p.m. Troopers said two adults in their 60s, one male and one female, were killed and a 6-year-old boy was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with serious injuries.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, who was in his 40s, has been charged with passing in a no-passing zone. Additional charges are pending the results of the investigation, troopers said.

Witnesses told troopers that the tractor-trailer attempted to pass five vehicles in a two-lane no-passing zone when it came over the crest of a hill and met three oncoming cars. The tractor-trailer collided head-on with one of the oncoming cars and another was side-swiped.

The adults who were killed and child were all occupants of the car involved in the head-on collision. The make and model of the car were not immediately available.

Several other vehicles in both lanes swerved to avoid collisions, witnesses said.

Aaron Melton, who survived the crash, said he only remembers seeing a truck coming at him head-on before he woke up in his badly-damaged Mazda pickup. Melton’s pickup ended up on the side of the road and facing the wrong direction, but he suffered only minor injuries.

The immediately-surrounding stretch of highway is still closed. Troopers as of 8:30 p.m. did not have an estimate as to when it would be reopened.

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