2 ejected in major crash on Durham Freeway involving teens, driver charged with reckless driving, police say

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A serious crash shut down one lane of the Durham Freeway (N.C. Highway 147), the exit ramp from the freeway onto W. Chapel Hill Street and sent six people to the hospital on Wednesday morning, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Durham police.

The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. on the southbound side of N.C. 147 at Exit 13, according to emergency officials.

An NCDOT traffic camera showed a white vehicle on its side on the grass between the highway and the exit ramp. Debris was scattered around the vehicle and poles were placed under the vehicle to keep it from flipping over.

Police said George Powell, 40, was operating a 2002 Chevrolet when the vehicle left the roadway and flipped multiple times.

Powell was charged with careless and reckless driving, driving while licensed revoked, failing to secure a passenger under 16, and child abuse.

Police said some of the passengers injured were unrestrained juveniles. One of them suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The others were also taken to the hospital, but had non-life-threatening injuries.

At least four Durham fire trucks, multiple Durham police officers, and several EMS ambulances responded to the crash scene.

The road reopened just before 10 a.m., according to the NCDOT.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Munter with the Traffic and Crash Team.

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