Three people, including a 6-year-old girl, died early Sunday morning after the car they were traveling in crashed head-on into a Jeep Wrangler traveling the wrong direction on Interstate 85 in Orange County.
Emergency workers rushed a second child from the car to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill with serious injuries, Lt. Jeff Gordon, a spokesman with the N.C. State Highway patrol, reported.
The driver, Felicia Harris, 49, of Charlotte, died in the crash. The 6-year-old, Janiece Smith, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was also killed, along with a passenger in the front seat of the Suzuki, Gordon reported. Troopers did not identify the front-seat passenger Sunday evening pending notification of next of kin, Gordon reported.
The two-vehicle accident happened around 3 a.m. on I-85 and the I-40 split, near Hillsborough, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
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Investigating troopers say that the Wrangler, operated by Chandler Michael Kania, 20, of Asheboro, was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the interstate when it collided head-on into the Suzuki. Emergency workers took Kania to UNC hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Gordon reported.