Car carrier hits 3 vehicles, drops car on guard rail in Orange County

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ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. — A car carrier passing through the area was involved in a crash on Interstate 85 Wednesday morning, according to Highway Patrol.

At about 8:12 a.m., troopers responded to the crash on an I-85 north bridge, over US 70, near Exit 170 and the Orange County-Durham County line.

According to troopers, Angel L. Melendez, 46, of Killeen, Texas, was driving the car carrier from Louisiana to New Jersey, carrying eight vehicles, on I-85 north when he saw traffic ahead.

Melendez pumped the carrier’s brakes and hit the guard rail on the right side of the bridge running over US 70.

The tractor-trailer then came back onto the road, ran off the road to the left, hitting and overturning a Dodge pickup.

After hitting the left-side guard rail, a Volvo SUV rolled off the carrier and landed on the guard rail.

The carrier then hit a Kia SUV and a Honda passenger car.

Melendez managed to stop the vehicle on the right-side shoulder.

Only the driver of the Honda suffered an injury, which troopers described as minor.

Troopers say charges are pending against the driver of the car carrier.

The crash left 25 feet of railing damaged.

Troopers say there was no structural damage to the bridge.

The lane were closed but have since reopened.

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