Three people were injured, two seriously, in a fiery early-morning crash in southern Mecklenburg County, police say.
One driver was charged with DWI and faces other charges, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
The crash was reported shortly before 1 a.m. in the 15400 block of Johnston Road, near Marvin Road. Police say the three vehicles involved were all southbound.
According to police, Nicholas Borden was driving a 2007 BMW at what investigators said was a high rate of speed. They say Bordens vehicle struck the back left corner of a 2005 Nissan Maxima driven by a 31-year-old man in the right southbound lane. The BMW then moved back into the left lane and slammed into the back of a 2011 Toyota Rav4.
Bordens vehicle caught fire, and officers helped him escape from the vehicle. Borden was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening. The Nissan drivers injuries were described as not serious.
A 37-year-old man driving the Toyota was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Police say Borden was charged with DWI, and they say detectives will seek additional charged when he is released from the hospital. Police say speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.
Investigators ask that anyone who might have seen the series of events contact police Det. Kevin Allred at 704-432-2169.
The crash forced authorities to close the southbound lanes of Johnston Road for about seven hours. The northbound lanes also were closed for several hours after the wreck.
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