WILKES COUNTY, N.C.–Five people, including a 2-year-old boy, were transported to area hospitals following a head-on collision Monday night in Wilkes County.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 8 p.m. on N.C. 268 at J.A. Russell Drive in Ronda. Christie Collins, of Mount Airy, was driving east in a 1997 Nissan Maxima when she crossed the double line and collided head-on with a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country minivan driven by Angela Bunch of Ronda.
The 2-year-old was flown directly from the scene to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The drivers – along with two other children riding in Bunch’s vehicle – were taken to Hugh Chatham Hospital in Elkin. Collins and one of the children were later transferred to Baptist.
According to Trooper Ritchie Holbrook of the N.C. Highway Patrol, there was evidence alcohol was a factor in the accident. He also said all restraints had been engaged, though it was unclear if all of the children’s straps were tight enough. But he pointed out the investigation is still ongoing and any charges are pending.
The road was closed for three hours while authorities cleared the scene.
“It was a little bit of a mess out there,” Holbrook said. “But this is important to us given the circumstances behind it. It’s not an investigation you run into. We’re taking our time with it, dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s.”
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