RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — One driver died, another was seriously injured and a section of eastbound Interstate 440 was closed for hours following a wrong-way crash Thursday morning, Raleigh police said.
The crash happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. on eastbound I-440 between the U.S. Route 264 and Poole Road exits, officials said.
Officers responded to the scene of the crash and found “the driver of each vehicle suffering with serious injuries,” according to police. Both people were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries, police said.
One of the drivers, a male, died following the crash. The other driver, a female, “sustained serious but what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries,” police said. Neither vehicle had any passengers.
According to a crash report, the wrong-way driver, identified as Oxford man Tramaine Lamonte Bagby, was trapped inside his 1991 Dodge passenger car and pronounced dead at the scene. The report said that Bagby’s vehicle had no airbags and he was not wearing a seat belt.
Both drivers were estimated to be traveling at 60 mph at the time of the collision, according to the report. Police suspected Bagby was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash but a test was not performed, the report stated.
Eastbound I-440 between the U.S. 264 and Poole Road exits was closed for several hours as police investigated the crash.
Traffic was diverted onto Interstate 87 while the investigation was underway.