Durham, N.C. — I-40 East reopened Friday evening just after becoming shut down for hrs when a auto tumbled above the overpass and on to the interstate.
The Durham Police Division stated a 2017 Tesla pushed by 45-year-outdated Zack A. Wojenski of Apex collided with the rear bumper of one more car also headed eastbound on Durham Chapel Hill Boulevard.
Just after the first impression, the Tesla still left the roadway to the right, struck a guardrail, two site visitors symptoms and a telephone pole before going airborne off the embankment previously mentioned Interstate 40 east.
Police stated the Tesla then overturned as it fell down the embankment and arrived to rest on its wheels across all a few lanes of Interstate 40 east.
Wojenski was pronounced useless at the scene. The driver of the other automobile experienced no clear injuries but was transported to a nearby clinic for analysis.
Todd Morris observed it take place. The Tesla slamming into a black Toyota, before careening into the guardrail, and in excess of the aspect.
“It was a lousy scene,” claimed Morris. “It tore it up.”
Christina Deschaine drove by not lengthy following.
The mother tried out to protect her kids from the scene.
“I was like ‘don’t seem! don’t look!’ simply because you hardly ever want your kids to see that,” mentioned Deschaine. “It truly is traumatizing.”
The crash had some metropolis leaders after yet again pointing to Durham’s police officer lack.
Friday’s crash will come following a string of incidents on 15-501, like a road rage taking pictures just a 7 days ago.
Durham Councilman Leonard Williams claimed whilst there is no indication that this crash is linked, it once once again highlights the need for more staffing and help for Durham’s police.
“They are taking place in my location. I am particularly worried, just like our citizens are,” explained Williams. “We need to have all hands on deck and we need to have them now because we have a now dilemma.”