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Troopers seek driver of car that rear-ended cab on highway at 90 mph

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Highway Patrol troopers are trying to find the driver of a car that slammed into a taxicab on Interstate 77 early Sunday, sending two women to the hospital.

The collision happened around 3 a.m. Sunday. A taxicab headed south with four female passengers had experienced some kind of mechanical problem near the overpass at Clanton Road, said Trooper B.E. Freeze. The cabdriver was slowing down with his flashers on, looking for a place to exit the highway, Freeze said.

A silver Chevrolet Impala speeding at about 90 mph rear-ended the cab, sending it into a spin, Freeze said. The cab spun as many as three times and struck the rear tire of an SUV. Two of the women in the taxicab received minor injuries and had to be taken to Carolinas Medical Center.

Freeze said the driver of the Impala that caused the crash pulled over. Shortly afterward, a white sedan that was not involved in the crash pulled over behind it. The passengers from the Impala got into the white car, which drove off.

Freeze said both airbags in the Impala deployed, and they believe at least one person inside was injured.

Troopers have the registration information from the heavily damaged Impala and are trying to find its driver.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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