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1 killed in wrong-way crash on I-77

A 26-year-old Charlotte man was killed early Saturday in a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver on Interstate 77 in southern Mecklenburg County, the N.C. Highway Patrol says.

The driver of the car that was headed in the wrong direction was hospitalized with serious injuries, according to troopers. They say alcohol might have been involved in the crash.

Killed in the crash was Robert Goulding. The other driver, 21-year-old Austin Cason, was in Carolinas Medical Center on Saturday evening in serious but stable condition.

The collision was reported about 3:10 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-77 near Westinghouse Boulevard. Troopers say Goulding was southbound in a 1998 Honda Civic. He struck a 1998 Acura that was being driven northbound in the southbound lanes by Cason, according to the Highway Patrol.

Troopers told WCNC-TV, the Observer’s news partner, they believe Cason entered I-77 at the Carowinds Boulevard interchange and drove about 2 miles before hitting Goulding’s car in the right southbound lane.

The investigation is continuing, and troopers say charges are pending.

The crash closed southbound I-77 for several hours early Saturday.

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