Cary man charged in crash that killed 3 workers at I-40 construction site

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The scene of a fatal accident on I-40 west. (Courtesy of Taylor Simpson/WBTV, Feb. 27, 2020)

IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV/WNCN) – A Cary man was charged after three workers were killed following a crash at a construction site along Interstate 40 in Iredell County Thursday morning, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

The wreck happened around 3:45 a.m. on I-40 westbound near mile marker 157, closing the area. Troopers said a Freightliner box truck “failed to reduce speed and struck a stationary construction vehicle that was equipped with a crash cushion and arrow board.”

Investigators said the construction vehicle’s arrow board and flashing lights were activated at the time of the crash.

Troopers said the construction vehicle was then propelled forward, striking three members of the repair crew. All three workers, identified as 20-year-old Dustin Gelinas, 21-year-old Austin Melton, and 22-year-old Noah Logan Hamilton, died at the scene.

The driver of the box truck, identified by troopers as 27-year-old Logan Lee Casey, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle. Troopers confirmed to CBS 17 that Casey is from Cary.

Officials said all three victims were working for a contracted guardrail repair crew identified as DBI Services.

After the crash, drivers were detoured to U.S. 64 until the road reopened around 10 a.m.

No further information has been released.

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