1 killed, 1 seriously injured in crash on I-40/85 near Whitsett

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- One person was killed and another was seriously injured in a crash on Interstate 40/85 near Whitsett Thursday evening, according to Highway Patrol.

The crash happened on westbound I-40/southbound I-85 at the N.C. 61 exit ramp around 5:30 p.m.

Trooper G. Strader said the driver of a Chevrolet Cavalier, Ericka Dark, 24, of Pleasant Garden, was in the far left lane. For some reason, Dark merged over to the right in front of a tractor-trailer, then hit an abandoned work van on the right shoulder of the road.

This caused the driver of the tractor-trailer to lose control. The tractor-trailer veered right and hit a Chevrolet Lumina that was beside the tractor-trailer.

Both the tractor-trailer and the Lumina went off the right shoulder into a ditch, causing the tractor-trailer to roll on top of the car. The driver of the Lumina was killed.

There was a passenger in the Lumina with minor injuries.

The name of the person killed has not yet been released pending notification of relatives.

Dark sustained life-threatening injuries.

Both the passenger in the Lumina and Dark were taken to Moses Cone Hospital.

Investigators will consult with the district attorney on charges.

There is no word on if impairment or distraction were factors in the crash,

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