‘If I had not have swerved, I probably wouldn’t be here’: 2 survive deadly head-on crash in Asheboro

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — A suspect died after a chase in Asheboro ended in a crash Tuesday and sent one driver to the hospital, Asheboro police say.

The chase began in the Siler City area of Chatham County with a driver wanted for assault, stealing a vehicle and hit-and-run.

The chase then crossed over into Ramseur on U.S. 64.

The driver was going 90 to 95 mph, police say.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office chased the vehicle to U.S. 74.

The suspect got in the Southbound lanes going northbound, and Randolph County deputies called off the chase.

The suspect continued for about a mile or two, side swiped one vehicle and hit a second one head-on.

“All you can say is that you have to react,” explained Doug Haynes. 

His vehicle was side-swiped by the suspect. Other than his hand being badly hurt, he is okay. 

He said he only had a spilt second to react to suspect speeding toward his vehicle. 

“People do crazy stuff like that and you never know or anticipate what to do. If I had not have swerved, I probably wouldn’t be here. Fortunately I saw him in time enough.”

The driver of the vehicle hit head-on was taken to the hospital, police say.

The suspect vehicle crashed on I-74/73 in Asheboro.

All southbound traffic is being diverted near Exit 75 for Presnell Street.

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