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Woman faces charges in Providence sinkhole crash

A Charlotte woman faces charges in connection with a crash Monday night at the site of a sinkhole on Providence Road, police say.

Bambi Jean Owensby, 38, was driving the 2009 Smart car that police say crashed into the rear of an N.C. Department of Transportation dump truck about 6:20 p.m. on Providence near Queens Road.

Owensby remains hospitalized with serious injuries suffered in the crash, according to police.

A sinkhole had developed Monday morning in the inbound lanes of Providence Road, and those lanes were closed at the time of the crash.

According to police, the dump truck, driven by a 45-year-old man from Swannanoa, was stopped in an inbound lane, where the hole was being repaired. A witness told police he saw the Smart car being driven “erratically and weaving in and out of traffic” on outbound Providence Road.

The witness told police that Owensby’s vehicle swerved into an inbound lane in an effort to pass a car being driven by a Charlotte man, side-swiped the car, and then slammed into the dump truck.

The truck driver was not injured.

Police say Owensby will be charged with DWI and reckless driving.

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